Business grants and financial support

This page sets out the arrangements for:

  1. The Local Restrictions Support Grant - for 5 January to 31 March national lockdown
  2. Restart Grants - from April 2021
  3. Information on the Additional Restrictions Grant - April 2021 onwards
  4. Useful references 

The Local Restrictions Support Grant - for 5 January to 31 March national lockdown

All current national Government COVID-19 business grants end on 31 March 2021. 

This includes the Local Restrictions Support Grant for the two payment periods:

  1. 5 January to 15 February (including a one off Closed Business Lockdown Payment)
  2. 16 February to 31 March 2021

The table sets out grant payment amounts to businesses mandated to close during the third national lockdown (5 January to 31 March) that occupy hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value:


5 January to 15 February 2021

16 February to 31 March 2021

Payment cycle

42 day payment

One off Closed Business Lockdown Payment

44 day payment

Grant threshold-Rateable value £15k and under




Grant threshold-Rateable value more than £15k and less than £51k




Grant threshold-Rateable value £51k and above




Application deadline*

31 March 2021

31st March 2021

31 May 2021

*If you received a Local Restrictions Grant payments for the November 2020 Lockdown or during the Tier 2 or 3 restrictions and your business is required to close under the national lockdown restrictions, you do not need to apply for these payments.

If you believe you qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant and have not received payment, email before the 31 May 2021. 

As all other grants are now closed you will only be able to enquire about the Local Restrictions Lockdown grant for the period 16 February – 31 March. 

We will need your:

  • business rates account number
  • full business name
  • full business address

Check if you business is required to close

Restart Grants - from April 2021

Updated 19 April 2021:

Restart Grants are one-off grants to help qualifying businesses in business rated premises to reopen safely as restrictions are lifted.

Qualifying business will be sent an email from our revenue and benefits team this week.

The email will come from - please check your inbox (including your junk folder) and read and respond to this email, as it contains questions you will need to answer to trigger a payment of your grant.

We will not pay your Restart Grant until we have received your response to this email

Which businesses will qualify for a Covid-19 Restart Grant?

Restart Grants will be for businesses in specified sectors:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • accommodation
  • gym and sport
  • personal care

To qualify for this grant, your business has to be in one of these sectors and have business premises with a rateable value (also known as non-domestic rates – NDR).  

This includes businesses in receipt of business rate relief. We will administer the grants in accordance with the Government’s guidance to Local Authorities.

This is the list of sectors, and qualifying businesses within these sectors published by the Government -he list which the Council will use to allocate the grants:

Non-essential retail:

Non-essential retail definition: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public:

  • betting offices 
  • departmental stores 
  • markets (other than livestock) 
  • sales kiosks 
  • showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing 
  • tobacco and vape stores 
  • antiques stores 
  • sales offices 
  • travel agents 
  • electronic goods & mobile phone shops 
  • clothes shops, Jewellers, Gift shops 
  • book shops, Stationery shops
  • auction rooms 
  • car auctions, Car showrooms, Car supermarkets,
  • car washes (standalone) 
  • car/caravan 
  • sales/display/hiring Sites 
  • carpet stores, Furniture shops & Sofa shops; Homeware shops 
  • florists, plant nurseries 
  • charity shops
  • make-up shops
  • animal groomers 
  • sweet shops 
  • photography studios


Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink:

  • food courts
  • public houses/pub restaurants
  • restaurants roadside restaurants 
  • wine bars 
  • cafes


Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming:

  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • casinos and gambling clubs 
  • cinemas, ice rinks, roller skating rings, go kart rinks 
  • museums and art galleries 
  • stately homes & historic houses 
  • theatres, zoos & safari parks 
  • amusement parks, pleasure piers, pavilions 
  • conference centres 
  • exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events 
  • wedding venues
  • events venues
  • heritage railways 
  • public halls, village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.
  • night clubs & discotheques, hostess bars 
  • sexual entertainment venues 
  • shisha bars, water pipe consumption venues 
  • arenas, concert halls 
  • model villages, tourist attractions aquaria 
  • miniature railways, Theme parks Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres 
  • animal attractions at farms, wildlife centres, botanical gardens, circus, visitor attractions at film studios
  • soft play centres or areas
  • indoor riding centres 
  • clubs & institutions 


Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes:

  • caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks 
  • coaching inns, country house hotels 
  • hostels, hotels, lodges holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows, campsites
  • boarding houses, B&Bs, guest & boarding houses 
  • canal boats or other vessels 
  • catered holiday homes, holiday homes

Gym and sport:

Gym & Sport definition: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally:

  • dance schools and centres, dance studios 
  • gymnasia/fitness suites 
  • cricket centres; ski centres; water sport centres 
  • sports and leisure centres 
  • outdoor sports centres, outdoor adventure centres 
  • squash courts, tennis centres, sports courts, swimming pools 
  • shooting and archery venues 
  • driving ranges, golf courses


Personal care definition: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing:

  • spas, sauna and steam rooms 
  • hairdressing salons 
  • tanning salons 
  • nail salons 
  • massage centres, massage treatments 
  • tattoo and piercing studios 
  • holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture) barbers, groomers 
  • beauty salons, beauticians, aesthetics 
  • other non-surgical treatments

How do I apply for the Restart grant?

We will use our existing records to process your Restart Grant payment, but to trigger payment of your Restart Grant you will need to read and respond to the email sent from

Once we receive your response we will action payment or contact you if we have any queries. Payment will be in your account within 3 working days.

If you were expecting a grant but have not received one please email your query to These requests will be reviewed by the team after the 27 April 2021. 

We may need to seek advice from Government to check if your business qualifies. This can take some time so please bear with us - you will be notified either way.

How much grant will I receive?

The amount your business receives will be determined by two things. Your rateable value and the sector your business is in. These payment levels have been set by the Government.

Rateable Value (p.a.)

Qualifying Non –Essential Retail businesses

Qualifying hospitality, accommodation, leisure, gyms and personal services.

£15,000 and under



£15,001 - £51,000



£51,001 and over



Frequently Asked Questions

We have pulled together some of the questions businesses regularly ask. We would also encourage you to look at the Government’s guidance.

My business occupies premises that are business rated but I don’t pay rates as these are paid by my landlord - will I get a grant?

The grant is paid to the person on our database who is responsible for paying the business rates bill. If the landlord pays the rates they will receive the grant. 

I get business rate relief, do I qualify for a grant?

If your business is on the Government’s list of those businesses that qualify for a Restart Grant you are the named person on our business rates database you will get a grant even if you get business rate relief.

My business is not on the list of qualifying businesses but is severely affected e.g. because it supplies goods and services to the hospitality sector. Can I claim for the COVID-19 Restart Grant?  

No. The amount of COVID-19 Restart Grants allocated by the Government to Local Authorities is based on their calculations of qualifying hereditaments (premises). 

Local Authorities can only use their allocation to support those businesses that qualify. Please refer to the Additional Restrictions Grant information on this page.

My business is ‘mixed use’ e.g. some of parts of our business are on the list of qualifying businesses, but other parts are not. How do I determine if my business is eligible for a Restart Grant?

We will determine if you qualify based on your main business use. 

For example

  • a hotel that includes a small in-house clothing retail space will be assessed as a being in the hospitality sector.
  • a clothing shop with an in-house nail bar will be assessed as non-essential retail

What can I do if my business receives a grant it is not entitled to?

When the Council make payment of these grants we advise that in receiving it the recipient is confirming they qualify. 

If the grant recipient believes they are not eligible e.g. because the business is no longer trading, or the premises are vacant, the grant recipient is required to return the payment to the Council without delay. The same applies if a qualifying grant recipient does not wish to accept a grant. To return a grant please contact

Information on the Additional Restrictions Grant - April 2021 onwards

Updated 19 April 2021:

We have decided to use the balance of our existing ARG allocation (£202,000) to support businesses listed under the Government's Restart Grants programme, but are not eligible because either:

  • they do not occupy premises with a business rating
  • they are a tier 1 supply chain business occupying premises with a business rating in the hospitality and accommodation sector and outside the scope of the Government's Restart Grants programme

We will launch our ARG restarts grant on 4 May.

The application process will be open for 10 days, closing at 5pm on 18 May 2021.

To ensure that all qualifying businesses are given equal opportunity to apply for the ARG Restart Grants, all businesses will have to apply. This is irrespective of whether they have previously received a COVID-19 grant.

We will publish a policy alongside the application form, which we would encourage you to read before you complete the form.

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

After 18 May 2021, we will assess the number of successful applications and award grants based on:

  • the sector the business is in
  • whether or not the business has business related fixed property costs - a rental agreement, for example (or the level of business rates, for qualifying tier 1 businesses)
  • headcount (including furloughed staff)
  • whether the applicant has already received COVID-19 grant funding since April 2020


The actual amount of grant awarded to each business will be determined by these factors and level of demand (i.e. the number of applications we receive).

It is expected that grant payments will be scaled to reflect the criteria above e.g. a business that employs people and operates in hospitality will receive a larger grant than a sole trader who does not have business related fixed property costs. 

Useful references 

  1. Reopening business and venues in England
  2. COVID-19 business support
  3. Restart Grants guidance


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