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Restart Grant


On 3 March 2021, central government announced as part of the Budget, the introduction of further grant support for businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors in England.

Please refer to the businesses permitted to re-open page of our website for further information on which businesses are now allowed to open, as of 29 March, or, 12 April.

Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail businesses premises to help them reopen safely. Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

This Restart Grant is one off grant funding. The scheme closes for applications on 30 June 2021.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses which are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the sectors mentioned above. It is for businesses on the ratings list only.

Businesses must also have been trading on 1 April 2021.

Examples of evidence of trading include:

  • the business has staff on furlough
  • the business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • the business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice
  • the business is engaged in business activity: managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

Definitions of the business sectors which are eligible (and those who are not eligible) are provided below.

In addition, those who are not eligible for the Restart Grant include:

  • businesses that are not within the ratings system
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowance (formerly State Aid)
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made

Information that you will need to complete this application

Please note that the application process for Restart Grants requires businesses to provide more information than previous grant schemes.

This is because Local Authorities administering the scheme are required, by central government, to collect certain data/evidence for reporting purposes.

Therefore please have to hand the following documentation or information:

  • your business rates account reference number (a 9 digit number)
  • your complete business bank statement for March 2021
  • information on which public funds your business has claimed to date
    (please note that this includes all Covid-19 business support grants which have been administered by Local Authorities, Bounce Back Loans and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme)
  • number of employees in your business
  • your business incorporation date

You do not need to submit information with regards to funds claimed through the Furlough Scheme or the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Please note: if you have not previously submitted an application for a Covid-19 Business Grant from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, some further information will be required from you. Such as your registered address, unique identifier (preferably your Company Registration number) and the nature of your business.

If you are applying under the Covid-19 Business Grant Special Allowance, you will need to provide evidence to show that you meet the criteria.

If you have more than one premise under your business rates account reference number, you will need to complete this form for each of your eligible premises.

Apply for a Restart Grant

Strand One (up to £6,000 per hereditament)

This strand applies to rated businesses in the Non-Essential Retail Sector.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

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

Non-essential retail definition

A non-essential retail business can be 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.

This includes:

  • business 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

View examples of qualifying non-essential retail businesses

Strand Two (up to £18,000 per hereditament)

This strand applies to rated businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

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

Hospitality definition

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.

This includes:

  • business 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.

View examples of qualifying hospitality businesses

Leisure definition

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.

This includes:

  • 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 throughout the day, night and weekends.

View examples of qualifying leisure businesses

Accommodation definition

An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

This includes:

  • 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

View examples of qualifying accommodation businesses

Gyms and sports definition

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 recreationally.

This includes:

  • 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.

View examples of qualifying gyms and sports businesses

Personal care definition

A personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetic and wellbeing.

This includes:

  • 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 treatments
  • 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.

View examples of qualifying personal care businesses

Subsidy Allowance (formerly known as State Aid)

The COVID-19 business grants schemes were introduced following the outbreak of the coronavirus, to support businesses impacted by local and national restrictions.

Under the scheme rules for COVID-19 business grants the maximum level of subsidy that an economic actor  may receive under each level of allowance is set out below:

Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance - this allowance is the equivalent of 325,000 Special Drawing Rights, to a single economic actor over any period of three fiscal years and includes any subsidy previously received as de minimis aid or as Small Amounts of Financial Assistance under Article 3.2(4) of the TCA from any subsidy awarding body.

COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance - if limits are reached under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance, the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance enables a further £1,600,000 to be paid to a single economic actor. This allowance includes any grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grant schemes and any State aid previously received under Section 3.1 of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework across any other UK scheme.

COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance – if limits are reached under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding of up to £9,000,000 per single economic actor if a series of further conditions are met (see Annex 1).

In total an economic actor could combine the allowances and potentially receive a total allowance of £10,935,000 from these business grants schemes (subject to the precise applicable amount calculation for the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance).

You may need to declare these amounts to any other subsidy awarding body who requests information from you on how much subsidy you have received.