A new cash grant scheme of up to £6,000 has now gone to live to help the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors hit by the latest Covid-19 variant.
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is part of a £1bn Government package across three separate schemes announced before Christmas.
The grant is available to businesses who were liable to pay business rates on 30 December 2021 and that operate in-person services, on the business premises.
The scheme is open to businesses who pay business rates in the following sectors:
A business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. Please note that this excludes businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is takeaway food and drink.
A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.
A business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purpose. Travel agents are not included in this definition.
The grant award will be based on the rateable value of a business premises:
- Rateable value of 15k or under – grants payments of £2,667
- Rateable value over £15k and under £51k – grant payments of £4,000
- Rateable value £51k + – grant payments of £6,000
Eligible businesses can apply even if they have received Covid-19 financial support previously.