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Additional Restrictions Restart Grant (ARRG)


The Council has now launched the next round of discretionary funding - the Additional Restrictions Restart Grant (April 2021).

This scheme is open as of Monday 26 April 2021 until 11:59pm on Sunday 16 May 2021.

The ARG Restart Grants are one off payments, intended to help businesses as they reopen over the next few months.

The grants are available to a range of business types that do not pay business rates, as well as those who are rated but unable to claim through the LRSG or Restart Grant schemes.

This has been broken down between businesses based out of a Commercial Property and Home Based ‘in person’ services.

Contents

Commercial Property

Commercial Property based businesses providing the following services:

  • Non-essential Retail
    (businesses that are open to the public and are used mainly or wholly for the purposes of non-essential retail sale or hire of goods or services)
  • Hospitality
    (businesses whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and beverages)
  • Event organisers
    (organisers of commercial or private events, tourism and experiences. This does not include businesses who are in the supply chain to Events - except Food and Beverage businesses - mentioned below).
  • Leisure providers
    (includes Gym and Sport businesses- where physical exercise or training is on an individual or group basis)
  • Personal Care services
    (businesses who provide a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care, aesthetics and wellbeing. This includes those renting a chair/space in a commercial property)
  • Food & Beverage supply chain to the Hospitality and Events industry
    (Wholesale suppliers of food and beverages to businesses forced to close in the Hospitality and Events industry)

Businesses must be operating from commercial premises in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, but have been ineligible for the LRSG or the Restart Grant as they are not the business rate payer or are in one of the above sectors which has not been required to close under the Government Covid restrictions.

Evidence required

  • Evidence of rent payments to the commercial property that the business occupies – which must be in the Tunbridge Wells borough.
  • Evidence of trading on 1 April 2021 (full March business bank statement and link to the business website / social media feeds).
  • For businesses in the Food & Beverage Supply Chain they will need to provide the following evidence in addition to the above:
    • Business rates account reference number
    • A recent invoice showing wholesale supply of food and beverage goods to a hospitality or leisure businesses which have been required to close
    • A declaration that the wholesale supplies of food and beverages comprised more than 50% of turnover prior to Covid-19 restrictions

The value of the Additional Restrictions Restart Grant awarded to successful applicants will be based on the business sector as well as the size of the business.

If you have any queries please contact a member of the Economic Development team via businesscovid19@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Restart Grant

Home Based

Home based ‘in person’ businesses providing the following services:

  • Non-essential Retail
    (home based businesses that are open to the public and are used mainly or wholly for the purposes of non-essential retail sale or hire of goods or services)
  • Event organisers
    (home based organisers of commercial or private events, tourism and experiences. This does not include businesses who are in the supply chain to Events – except Food and Beverage businesses- mentioned below)
  • Leisure providers
    (registered home-based leisure businesses that, when allowed to trade, cannot maintain strict social distancing e.g. sports and exercise classes)
  • Hospitality
    (home based businesses whose main function is to provide food and beverage sales at a venue which was required to close)
  • Personal Care services
    (registered home-based personal care businesses that, when allowed to trade, cannot maintain strict social distancing e.g. mobile hairdressers/ beauticians)
  • Market traders
    (who have not been able to trade as the market has been closed or selling non-essential retail. This is based on home address - the location of the market will not be taken into account)
  • Food & Beverage supply chain to Hospitality and Events sector
    (Wholesale suppliers of food and beverages to businesses forced to close in the Hospitality and Events sectors)
  • Holiday Lets of the entire property or part of the domestic property (e.g. Bed and Breakfast establishments), or, land which forms part of the domestic property (e.g. small campsites)

Evidence required:

  • Evidence of trading on 1 April 2021 (full March business bank statement and link to the business website / social media feeds).
  • Evidence of the home/trading address being located in the Tunbridge Wells borough including Council Tax number
  • Evidence of business related fixed costs
  • For businesses in the Food & Beverage Supply Chain they will need to provide the following evidence in addition to the above:
    • A recent invoice showing wholesale supply of food and beverage goods to hospitality or leisure businesses which have been required to close
    • A declaration that the wholesale supplies of food and beverages comprised more than 50% of turnover prior to Covid-19 restrictions

The value of the Additional Restrictions Restart Grant awarded to successful applicants will be based on the business sector as well as the size of the business.

If you have any queries please contact a member of the Economic Development team via businesscovid19@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Restart Grant