Grants for Business Rates

GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES:

The Restart Grant Scheme

This is a new government scheme for business ratepayers. The government has asked us for more information about your business than collected for previous grants, this is to ensure eligibility for the Restart Grant payment. Therefore, all businesses, including those previously paid under other grant schemes, will be required to complete an application form for the Restart Grant. No businesses will be paid automatically.

In addition, the government has made it compulsory to carry out pre-payment assurance checks before payment can be made, this will cause a delay in processing payment. Please do not email us in the meantime to chase your payment, every email reduces our ability to make payments as quickly as possible.

The Restart Grant scheme for non-essential retail premises will be a one-off payment as below:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Eligibility

  • You must be a Business Rate payer and trading on 1 April 2021
  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public
  • Businesses likely to have been required to cease retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Excluded non-essential retail businesses

  • For the purpose of this scheme: Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops

 

The Restart Grant scheme for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses will be a one-off payment as below:

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

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, 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.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Business Rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • Businesses 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.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Excluded hospitality 
For the purposes of this scheme: food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes)

Leisure 

For the purposes of this scheme, 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.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Business Rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • 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 through day, night and weekends.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding

Excluded leisure 
For the purposes of this scheme all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators.

Gym and sports 

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym & 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.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Business Rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • 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.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Excluded Gym and sports
For the purposes of this scheme: home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Personal Care 

For the purposes of this scheme, 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 aesthetics, and wellbeing.

Eligibility 

  • You must be a Business Rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • 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 the treatment.
  • 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.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Excluded Personal Care
For the purposes of this scheme: businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services; businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others; businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other

Eligibility 

  • You must be a Business Rate payer and must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for 'away from home' stays for work or leisure purposes.
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Excluded Accommodation 
For the purposes of this scheme: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts. 

PLEASE ENSURE ALL INFORMATION REQUESTED IS PROVIDED CORRECTLY. FAILURE TO DO THIS WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING REFUSED.

BEFORE STARTING YOUR APPLICATION PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE YOUR BUSINESS RATE ACCOUNT NUMBER, COMPANY REFERENCE NUMBER OR VAT NUMBER OR SELF-ASSESSMENT/PATERNERSHIP NUMBER OR NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER OR UNIQUE TAXPAYER REFERENCE OR REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER.

PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON 30 JUNE 2021.

To make an application please click Business Rates: Restart Grant.


Local Restrictions Support Grant

The Government has announced further grants for ratepayers required to close under National Restrictions. These are for a 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

If you have received a grant for the period 5th January to 15th February 2021 you will automatically be paid for this 44 day period. Therefore there is no need to contact the Business Rate department. Payment will be made into your bank account on Friday 12th March 2021.

The amounts which will be paid are as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under a payment of £2,096
  • For properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 a payment of £3,143
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or a above a payment of £4,714.00

There is no additional one-off grant payment.

THIS SCHEME WILL CLOSE ON THE 31 MAY 2021

Please note

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.  Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

You can visit the GOV.UK website for official guidance in relation to the scheme.


Additional Restrictions Grant (Restart Fund)

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant (Restart Fund) are now closed.


The Government has announced a Business Support Package for the January Lockdown:

  • A one-off Closed Business Lockdown payment
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 5th January 2021 onwards
  • Additional Restrictions Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 5th January 2021 onwards

The Government has confirmed the Local Restrictions Grant Closed will be paid for a 42 day pro-rata period from 5th January 2021 as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grant of £2,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,001 - £50,999, grant of £3,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over, grant of £4,500

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

A one-off payment of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 will be made as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, one-off payment of £4,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,001 - £50,999, one-off payment of £6,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over, one-off payment of £9,000

Eligible Businesses

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Businesses must have been trading on 4th January 2021, the day before National Restrictions came into force. Where businesses were closed due to restrictions that preceded the National Restrictions, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for this grant.

This eligibility criteria applies to both the Local Restrictions Support Grant and the Closed Business Lockdown payment

PLEASE NOTE IF YOUR BUSINESS HAS NOT BEEN REQUIRED TO CLOSE YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO THESE GRANTS.

Businesses that have been required to close by the Government from 5th November 2020 onwards and have not yet applied for a grant for this period should contact the Business Rate Department via email on businessrates@runnymede.gov.uk. Please ensure your Business Rate Account number and full property address are provided.THIS SCHEME WILL CLOSE ON THE 31 MARCH 2021


Expanded Retail Discount 2021/22

The government has announced it will provide 100% Business Rates Relief for the 2021/22 financial year until 30th June 2021 and for the remaining nine months of the financial year they will be discounted by up to two thirds for eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties.

All ratepayers who received retail discount in 2020/2021 will automatically receive the revised 100% discount. This is for the period 01 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.