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On 3 March 2021, the Government announced a new one-off ‘Restart Grant’ to support non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym businesses that offer in-person services in fixed rate-paying premises.

All businesses previously awarded an LRSG (Closed) payment have been assessed against the criteria for the Restart Grant and those eligible will be contacted to inform them of the award that they will automatically receive in mid-April.

If you have not yet applied for an LRSG (Closed) award, visit our webpage to read the full details for eligibility and access the online application form. There is no separate application process for the Restart Grant for businesses which have already received an LRSG (Closed) payment for the 2021 national lockdown.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Restart Grant a business premises must be in the Fylde Council area, and:

  • Offer in-person services at the rateable premises under normal trading circumstances
  • Be ‘Trading’ on 1 April 2021 (albeit the business could be closed due to current covid regulations)
  • Be the liable party for business rates at the premises as on 1 April 2021
  • Not be in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made as of 1 April 2021

Businesses that do not have a business rate account are not eligible for the Restart Grant.

Click here for more information, eligibility details and guidance from GOV.uk

Restart Grant

Businesses that were forced to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the public at the rated premises

Businesses that were forced to cease their operations in the January 2021 lockdown:

  • Hospitality businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the rated premises
  • Leisure and entertainment businesses that provide in-person opportunities, experiences, and facilities at the rated premises
  • Accommodation businesses
  • Gym and sports businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the public at the rated premises
  • Personal care businesses that provide an in-person service, treatment, or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing; at the rate premises
  • Essential retail including: Food retailers, 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
  • Food kiosks and takeaways
  • Tour operators including coach tour operators.
  • Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts
  • Home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds
  • Personal care 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

How much is the grant and when will it be paid?

The amount awarded depends on the rateable value of the business premises and which sector the business operates in:

You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill.

Rateable value of premisesStrand 1 - Restart Grant:
Non-essential retail
Strand 2 - Restart Grant:
Hospitality, accommodation, leisure,
personal care, and gym businesses
£15,000 or under£2,667£8,000
£15,001-£50,999£4,000£12,000
£51,000 or over£6,000£18,000

Do the rules about subsidies apply?

The Brexit transition period has ended and new rules on subsidy control now apply. The Restart Grant is a subsidy. If a receiving a grant may mean that your business (or any group of which it forms part) has had £1,950,000 or more in subsidies in the last three years, we will need to ask you for more information and you are invited to contact us directly regarding your business. You can read more on the rules about subsidies here.

How to apply

Successful applicants to the LRSG (Closed) scheme who are eligible for a Restart Grant will receive the relevant payment automatically to the business bank account we have on record, there is no separate application process for these businesses.

If you have not yet applied for an LRSG (Closed) award, visit our webpage to read details of eligibility and how to apply.

Please note that the previous grant schemes administered in spring/summer of 2020 have no relation to any of the current schemes.

Thank you for your patience

The council is experiencing unprecedented levels of service demand and employees are working hard to assess, verify and process payments to eligible businesses. Chasing progress by telephone or email could result in delays, please allow time to deal grant processes. If further information is required about your business, you will be contacted directly by the grants team.

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