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What are Restart Grants?

Restart Grants are one-off grants available for businesses who were forced to close during the national lockdown to help them reopen safely as COVID 19 restrictions are lifted.

The grants are for businesses who:

  • Are liable for Business Rates in Oldham and trading on 1 April 2021
  • Are in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation, and gym, and sports sectors
  • Offer in-person services where the main service or activity takes place in a fixed Business Rate-paying premises.

Businesses are not eligible for grants if they

  • Have exceeded the maximum permitted subsidy allowances and
  • Are in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made.

How much could my business receive?

The amount eligible businesses could receive will depend on the business sector it is in. Detailed sector definitions are listed here. Please check your business is eligible before applying.

Rateable Value of your property Grants Available
  non-essential retail hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care, gym and sports businesses
£15,000 or below £2,667 £8,000
£15,001- £50,999 £4,000 £12,000
£51,000 or over £6,000 £18,000

How do I apply for the grant?

You must apply for the grant even if you have previously received a grant to help with the impact of COVID on your business such as a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) or (Closed) or Closed business Lockdown Payment. This is because the government has increased the information we have to collect from businesses before we can pay the grant.

The scheme will close on 30 June 2021.

Please make sure you provide all the information and proof we ask for on the form.

The full government guidance on Restart Grants can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Eligibility sector definition

Non-essential retail:

A non-essential retail business is defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public using the following criteria:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public.
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown.
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown.
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers.

For these purposes, the definition of a non-essential retail business should exclude:

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corners shops
  • Off licences
  • Breweries
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Building merchants
  • Petrol stations
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Education providers including tutoring services
  • Banks, building societies and other financial providers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical practices
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Garden centres
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Wholesalers
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Office buildings
  • Automatic car washes
  • Mobility support shops.

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink using the following criteria:

  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality retail business should exclude:

  • Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions)

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods
  • Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities
  • Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude:

  • All retail businesses,
  • Coach tour operators
  • Tour operators
  • Telescopes

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude:

  • Private dwellings
  • Education accommodation
  • Residential homes
  • Care homes
  • Residential family centres
  • Beach huts.

Gym and sports

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym and sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit 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 recreational using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public
  • Businesses that open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee
  • Businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade
  • Businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

For these purposes, the definition of a gym and sport business should exclude:

  • Home gyms
  • Home exercise studios
  • Home sports courts
  • Home sports grounds

Personal care

For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business can be defined as a business that provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings
  • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment
  • Businesses that offer services, treatments or activities that require social distancing and cleaning protocols, which have led to a reduction in their capacity to deliver personal care services

For these purposes, the definition of a personal care business should exclude:

  • Businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services
  • Businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
  • Businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services that incorporate personal care services
  • Treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health

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