Local Restrictions Support & Restart Grants

Business Grants Update

Please note that all schemes closed on 30 June 2021.

Information on grants for businesses.

COVID-19 Government Restart grants for Businesses

This scheme was announced by government to provide financial support in the form of a grant to help businesses reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Businesses are only be eligible to receive one of these two types of grants.

Restart Grant

Support for businesses with a business rates account and the following applies to them:

  • In the affected sectors required to close by government restrictions
  • Provide direct in-person services at their business property
  • Fall within one of the following sectors: non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym industries.

The amounts paid are not at the discretion of the council but depend on the sector the business operates in and their rateable value for business rates.

Strand 1:

Supporting non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

a) Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.

b) Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.

c) Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Or Strand 2:

Supporting hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

a) Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.

b) Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.

c) Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

Restart Grant Scheme Policy

If you have been awarded a RESTART grant, please ensure you complete the additional information that is required to be sent to the Government. It only takes a few minutes and can be accessed here.

Expanded Retail Discount Scheme

Please note this is NOT a grant - It is a discount that reduces the amount of Business Rates that you pay. It will be deducted directly from your Business Rates Bill.

You do not need to complete an application form.

The expanded retail discount allows eligible retail, leisure and hospitality businesses to get a discount on their business rates.

The qualifying criteria to award expanded retail discount are that the business property is both:

  • occupied
  • wholly or mainly being used for retail, hospitality or leisure purposes.

Eligible businesses

Properties that will benefit from expanded retail discount include occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used as:

  • shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • drinking establishments
  • cinemas
  • live music venues
  • assembly
  • leisure
  • hotels
  • guest and boarding premises
  • self-catering accommodation

This is not an exhaustive list and other business premises of a similar nature are eligible.

For detailed information on expanded retail discount including a full list of eligible properties, please see our Expanded Retail Discount Scheme policy document.

Where the Council is not able to establish if your business falls below the cap for example you may have rates assessments which fall outside the district council's area, the discount has been removed with effect from 01/07/21.

However if you think that your business should be entitled to 66% discount from 01/07/21 as you have not reached the relevant cap then please email NDR@stratford-dc.gov.uk with a declaration stating this.

Background

The retail discount policy for occupied retail properties was first introduced in October 2018. It applied to business premises with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the financial years 2019/20 and 2020/21. The value of the discount was originally one third of the business rates bill.

In the budget on 11 March 2020, the government announced that it would increase the discount to 100% and extend it to the leisure and hospitality sectors. This expanded retail discount will apply to occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

In the budget on 3 March 2021 the government announced that it is extending the 100% discount for 3 months to 30 June 2021. From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 eligible businesses will receive a 66% discount.

Since 2019/20 the government has provided a Business Rates Retail Discount for retail properties which for 2020/21 it expanded to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. On 3 March 2021 the government confirmed that the Expanded Retail Discount would continue to apply in 2021/22 at 100% for three months, from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021, and at 66% for the remaining period, from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. The government confirmed that there would be no cash cap on the relief received for the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. From 1 July 2021, relief will be capped at £105,000 per business, or £2 million per business where the business is in occupation of a property that was required, or would have been required, to close, based on the law and guidance applicable on 5 January 2021. This also applies to Nursery Discount which was introduced on 1st April 2020.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

This Scheme closed on 31 May 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme (closed for new applications)

All other businesses severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 can apply for a discretionary grant of:

  • £1,250 for the national lockdown 5/11/2020 – 1/12/2020
  • £1,562 for the national lockdown 5/1/2021 – 15/2/2021
  • £1,500 for the national lockdown 16/2/2021 – 31/03/2021
  • £1,200 for the period 1/4/21-30/4/21

If you have already received the grant for 5/11/2020 – 1/12/2020 please do not reapply your application will be reviewed. Please ensure you read the grant policy before applying.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme policy

Wet Led Pub Grants

The Prime Minister has announced a £1000 one off grant for pubs serving mainly alcohol and not food. This scheme closed on the 28th February 2021.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

This scheme closed on 31 March 2020.

Closing Dates for business support schemes

Name Closing date
CLOSED OPEN & SECTOR (not 5th Jan Closed Addendum) 31 March 2021 – final payments by 30 April 2021
CBLP 31 March 2021 - final payments by 30 April 2021
Closed 5th January Addendum first payment cycle 05/01/21 - 15/02/21 31 March 2021 – final payments by 30 April 2021
Closed 5th January Addendum second payment cycle 16/02/21 - 31/03/21 31 May 2021 – final payment by 30 June
ARG 08 April 2021
Christmas Support Payment Last payment by 31 March 2021 (closed 28 February 2021)

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All grant schemes are closed now.

Contact: the Revenues & Benefits team

Last updated on 17/06/2021