The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

PLYMOUTH

Applications for new Restart Grants are now open, Plymouth businesses are able to apply for the new Restart Grants.

The Restart Grant scheme is designed to help rate-paying non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses reopen safely, as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Non-essential retail businesses will receive the following one-off payment based on their rateable value:

• For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, a grant of £2,667
• For properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, a grant of £4,000
• For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, a grant of £6,000.

Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym businesses will receive the following one-off payment based on their rateable value:

• For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, a grant of £8,000
• For properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, a grant of £12,000
• For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, a grant of £18,000.

If a business falls into more than one category, the main service (and therefore grant amount) will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50 per cent or more of their overall business.

Local businesses are now able to apply for their Restart Grant on the Plymouth City Council website. Applications will close on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

The Council is aiming to make grant payments to eligible businesses within two weeks of receiving their application.

More here: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/covid19supportbusinesses/restartgrant

SOUTH HAMS & WEST DEVON

We are opening the Government’s new Restart Grant tomorrow (8 April) to give practical financial support as our high streets prepare to reopen safely.

The Restart Grant is a one-off payment for businesses that mainly offer in-person services to the general public and have been impacted by lockdown closures. It is available in two strands.

Non-essential retail businesses, such as gift stores or florists, are in Strand One and could receive a one-off grant up to £6,000 to help them to reopen safely from 12 April 2021.

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses, covering everything from animal groomers to pubs and B&Bs, are covered by Strand Two. These business could receive up to £18,000 as they may open later under the plans laid out in the Government’s roadmap or may be more restricted.

How Much is the Grant Worth?

The amount eligible businesses will receive depends on their rateable value.

For non-essential retail businesses, the following thresholds apply:

• Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
• Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
• Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gyms, the following thresholds apply:

• Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
• Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
• Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.


Who is eligible?

To qualify for a grant, your business must:

• Be registered for Business Rates and have premises on the Council’s rating list on 1 April 2021
• Be trading on 1 April 2021 (carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover)
• Not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice.

How to apply
Go to the Councils’ websites to fill in a simple form:

To keep the process quick and easy for you, and to make sure you are paid the grant as soon as possible, please have the following information ready to share, including:

• Your original application number; this is your five digit reference number beginning RP/*
• Number of employees
• A short description of your current business activity
• Your business type and the main service you provide
• The date your business was established
• Your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code – you can find this on the ONS website: https://onsdigital.github.io/dp-classification-tools/standard-industrial-classification/ONS_SIC_hierarchy_view.html
• Your contact and bank details, including a copy of your most recent bank statement as proof of trading