Grants for Business Rates

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced further support to businesses most impacted in the hospitality and leisure sectors by the Covid 19 variant Omicron.

The Government has now provided guidance for this grant and stipulated that this must be an application process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and leisure grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rated paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
  • Businesses in the Retail sector do not meet the criteria set by the Government to qualify for this grant.
  • Businesses must have been trading on the 30 December 2021
  • Businesses must not be subject to a striking-off notice, in liquidation or dissolved.
  • Businesses must be liable for a business premises in the non-domestic rating list in the borough of Runnymede
  • Businesses must comply with the grant subsidy allowance

Hospitality

For the purpose 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. (main function is determined by the function generating 50% or more of income)

Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway are excluded from this scheme.

Leisure

For the purpose of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experience and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

Please note that all retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators are excluded from this scheme.

Accommodation

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

Please note that private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts are excluded from this scheme.

Subsidy Allowance

The scheme is covered by 3 possible subsidy allowances:

Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – this enables an applicant to receive up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over a rolling period of 3 fiscal year.

COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – this enables an applicant to receive up to £1,900,00 across all COVID-19 Business Grants schemes.

COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance – where an applicant has reached its limit under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, an applicant may be able to access a further allowance of funding under the COVID-19 Business Grant Schemes of up to £10,000,000 providing the conditions set are met.

Grants under the above 3 allowances may be combined for a potential total allowance of £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol – If your business could be subject to this, these allowances may vary under the State aid rules.

Amount of funding available

  • Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a one-off payment of £2,667.
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a one-off payment of £4,000.
  • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive a one-off payment of £6,000.

You can apply online.

Business rates - Omicron hospitality and leisure grant application

The scheme will close to applications on 28 February 2022.

Runnymede Borough Council is required to undertake prepayment checks prior to any grant payments being issued. This will cause a slight delay in payments being received.

Additional Restrictions Grant – Omicron

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced a further £102 million (nationally) would be made available for local authorities through a top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grant to support businesses severely impacted by the effects of the Omicron variant.

Eligibility for the scheme

Business that will be prioritised are those in the retail sector affected by the publics’ reaction to Covid-19 restrictions during December 2021 e.g. Hairdressing Salons, Barbers, Beauty Salons, Nail Bars. If funding allows consideration will be given to Gymnasiums, businesses in the events sector, businesses in the travel and tourism sector, wedding industries, nightclubs, coach operators, theatres, and events industries.

Businesses will be required to demonstrate they have been severely impacted by the national restrictions by evidencing a loss of at least 25% in turnover for December 2021 as compared to December 2019.

In order to qualify businesses must either have

  • a business rate account in the borough of Runnymede
  • be operating from a commercial property in the borough of Runnymede
  • be a mobile trader and resident in a domestic property in the borough of Runnymede

Business which have received a payment under the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme are ineligible for funding from the Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron) scheme.

The business must NOT be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice.

Level of Additional Restrictions Grants

Type of applicant Grant Amount
Mobile Hairdressers, Mobile Beauty Consultants who continued to trade but suffer a severe loss of income due to Covid19 £500.00
B&B’s which pay Council Tax instead of business rates who continue to trade but suffer a severe loss of income due to Covid 19 £1000.00
Businesses, as listed above, occupying a commercial property listed on the Valuation Office list with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
Where there is no rateable value, then businesses paying rent of £15,000 per annum or less who continued to trade but suffer a severe loss of income due to Covid19
£2667.00
Businesses, as listed above, occupying a commercial property listed on the Valuation Office list with a rateable value of over £15,000 but less than £51,000
Where there is no rateable value, then businesses paying rent of over £15,000 but less than £51,000 per annum who continued to trade but suffer a severe loss of income due to Covid19
£4000.00
Businesses, as listed above, occupying a commercial property listed on the Valuation Office list with a rateable value of over £51,000
Where there is no rateable value, then businesses paying rent of over £51,000 per annum who continued to trade but suffer a severe loss of income due to Covid19
£6000.00

You must read the full policy here before making an application.

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Additional restrictions grant (Omicron) policy

The scheme will close at 5pm on 14th February 2022.

You can apply online.

Business rates - additional restrictions grant (Omicron) application

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

On 15 December 2021, the Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill 2021 received Royal Assent. This allows Councils to develop discretionary schemes.

The scheme will support businesses affected by the pandemic that are not eligible for existing support linked to business rates.

Runnymede Borough Council will develop its own scheme, which must go through an adoption process, therefore information will not be available for several weeks.

Please do not email for updates, as soon as there is further information available it will be published here, along with an application form.