Business grants 2021-22

We are committed to providing all our customers with the support they need during this time, and so we are allocating our resource to enable us to respond to everyone as quickly as possible. Once you have made your application please do not ring or email to find out where it is because this creates extra work, slowing down how quickly we can respond to your correspondence.

If you are waiting for a Business grant to be awarded please note the team are prioritising the payment to your nominated accounts and it is likely that you will receive your payment ahead of any payment advice, so please ensure you check your account directly for payment.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England.

The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.This support will take the form of a one-off grant.

Who will receive funding?

Only businesses who have a business rates liability qualify for this grant. Please do not apply unless you have a Business Rates Account Number.

The Government’s definitions for the purposes of this scheme are restated below:

  • Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink
  • Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming 
  • Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

This table sets out types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

Hospitality

  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafés

Leisure

  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Stately homes & historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos & safari parks
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Night clubs & discotheques
  • Arenas
  • Concert halls
  • Tourist attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs & institutions
  • Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts, etc.

Accommodation

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodge
  • Holiday apartments, Cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B&Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

In addition grants will only be issued to businesses that according to our Business Rates records, were the ratepayer of the property on 30 December 2021.

Businesses must have also been trading on 30 December 2021 to qualify for this scheme. Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to striking-off notice are not eligible.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances are also not eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

How much funding will be provided?

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a one-off grant awarded according to the following thresholds:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £6,000

If you feel that you qualify for this grant please apply online using the link below. We can only accept online applications.

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Applications for this scheme will close on the 21 February 2022.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grant applies from 5 November 2020, we have made some amendments to our scheme from 30 December 2021, to reflect the governments changing approach to national restrictions in light of the omicron variant.

It is a discretionary scheme for businesses that have suffered a significant financial loss as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Qualifying businesses

  • Only businesses that were trading on the 30 December 2021, are eligible for this scheme.
  • The business must have suffered a significant financial loss either directly or indirectly as a result of the additional restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This could be by being directly affected or indirectly as a consequence of being in the direct supply chain of a business impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
  • A business must have a premises within Epsom & Ewell to qualify for this grant.
  • Businesses in the supply chain to the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality industry.
  • Cafes, shops, restaurants and and other food and beverage outlets within shared premises who did not have their own rating assessment in order to qualify for the Local Restriction Support Grants Schemes (Open, Closed & Closed Addendum) .
  • Businesses that provide cultural, arts and tourism services that did not qualify for the Local Restriction Support Grants Schemes (Open, Closed & Closed Addendum).

Non-qualifying businesses

  • Any business qualifying for a Local Restriction Support Grants Scheme (Open, Closed Closed Addendum or Sector), restart grants or the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses operating under Airbnb.
  • Businesses operating from a domestic property (unless as a registered as a Bed & Breakfast).
  • Businesses whose only premises are listed below:
    • Car Parking spaces.
    • Land use for storage or leisure.
    • Properties used for storage purposes only
    • Advertising rights.
    • ATM’s.
    • Blue tooth boxes
    • Telephone communication masts
    • Show homes
  • Businesses who do not have a commercial premises within Epsom & Ewell Borough boundaries.
  • Businesses who have already reached the maximum UK Subsidy limits.
  • Landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not qualify.
  • Businesses operating as Financial Services (e.g. banks, building societies). Medical Services (e.g vets, dentist), Professional Services (e.g. solicitor, letting agents, estate agents, accountants) and Post Office sorting offices are not eligible under this scheme.
  • Property occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables, or rented commercial space.

As part of the application process we will require evidence of a significant fall in revenues as a result of the increased restrictions and/or guidance. Further post payment assurance of the decrease in revenues may be required.

Please read our Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme and Additional Restrictions Grant Addendum for further details on the the qualifying criteria and information on UK subsidy limits.

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Applications for this scheme will close on the 17 March 2022.