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COVID-19 business grants and advice page 2

Grants for open businesses in hospitality, accommodation and leisure during local Tier 2 & Tier 3 restrictions

Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant under this scheme the business must:

  • be a hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast or leisure businesses (a list of eligible business is shown below), and
  • be continuing to trade during the period of restrictions, and
  • demonstrate that the business income has been severely impacted by the restrictions on socialising that are in place during Tier 2 and Tier 3 and  
  • must be the registered ratepayer for the property.

Exclusions

  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • businesses that were not trading prior to the first full day of restrictions coming into effect, unless they were required to be closed prior to that day.
  • for the avoidance of doubt, grants from this scheme are not available to shops (whether deemed essential or not), takeaways and home-based businesses unless business related fixed property costs can be demonstrated.

Grant award
The Premises must be used wholly or mainly for the prescribed activity to qualify for the grant. One grant per period may be claimed for each eligible rateable business.

The funding provided by the Government is fixed for this scheme and payments will only be made whilst funding remains available.

Eligible businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less £500 every 14-day period whilst Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are in place
Eligible businesses with a rateable value of more than £15,000 but below £51,000 £700 every 14-day period whilst Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are in place
Eligible businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 and above £1,100 every 14-day period whilst Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are in place

Eligible business types

The use of the premises must be wholly or mainly for one of the following purposes to qualify for the grant.

Hospitality - includes the following:

  • restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, public houses, bars, social clubs, clubs and clubhouses, corporate event and wedding caterers and organisers
  • businesses whose main operations is a ‘takeaway’ are not eligible for this grant as they have generally not been as severally impacted by the local restrictions
  • businesses whose main operation is a café, restaurant or pub and which offer a takeaway or click and collect service are eligible for a grant.

Hotels and Holiday Accommodation - includes the following:

  • hotels, bed and breakfast, guest houses and serviced apartments qualify
  • airbnb accommodation is not eligible for this scheme.

Leisure – includes the following:

  • gymnasiums, sports grounds, sports facilities, health clubs, fitness clubs/centres, spas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, public halls, arenas, bingo halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, snooker clubs, skate parks, entertainment venues, farm parks, adventure activities, riding schools, scout and guide huts, cadet huts, conference and exhibition centre, coach tour operators
  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues closed by national restrictions are not eligible for this scheme. They should apply through the Local Restrictions (Sector) Scheme.

To Apply

Visit the Grant Approval Portal below to apply for this grant (if you have already registered on the portal, please log in and click on grants for open businesses).

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application -

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading before and after local restrictions came into effect

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm and the number is 08081648317.

Grant Approval Portal

Northampton’s Additional Restrictions Grants Scheme (January)

Eligibility

On 5 January 2021 the Government implemented a third lockdown from 5 January – 15 February 2021. The Government has ordered that non-essential retail, hospitality, entertainment and leisure businesses must close or restrict how they provide goods and services.

The guidance issued to the Council by the Government, has prioritised these businesses as follows:

  • Businesses which are outside of the business rates system which are forced to close
  • Businesses while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the national restrictions.  These include businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or businesses in the events sector.
  • This grant is to cover the businesses property-related fixed costs, such as the rent on their business premises or utilities. Businesses which work from home and do not have any fixed property-related costs (rent/mortgage on their house does not qualify) are not eligible under the ARG funding.

This is a one off grant for businesses to cover national tier restrictions in December and national Lockdown from 5 January - 15 February 2021. All applicants must apply before 31 March 2021 to be considered for the grant scheme.

Type of Business Grant Payment
Forced to close (non-business rate payers)  £4,002
Severely impacted businesses with a rateable value below £15,000 will receive a one-off grant of £4,002
Severely impacted businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and under £51,000 will receive a one-off grant of £6,000
Severely impacted businesses with a rateable value over £51,000 will receive a one-off grant of £9,000

Evidence to be provided by applicants is detailed below:

Information Evidence Required Comment
Payment details

Copy of bank statement, clearly showing:

  • Bank account name
  • Business address
  • Sort code
  • Account number
  • Utility bill showing business address
All details must match the name of the business or individual listed on the business rates bill or lease agreement. Bank details for where the grant is to be paid must also be the same as those on the statement.
Evidence of a significant fall in income due to COVID-19 (evidence demonstrating that you supply companies that have required to close) You will need to provide evidence of reduced income. This may include (but is not restricted to):
  • Bank statements
  • Evidence of loss of income such as loss of contract
  • Evidence of loss of income due to closure of companies you supply in the form of bank statements or invoices.
 
Evidence of trading on 4 January 2021

Where a business has a business rates account, this will be enough as the date liable will be used.

For businesses that are not rated, they will need to provide alternative evidence.

This can be in the form of stock orders (predating 5 November 2020), lease agreements etc.

Exclusions

Business that will NOT be eligible are listed below:

  • This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. If you are eligible under the LRSG (Closed) Scheme, then you are unable to claim under the ARG.
  • Businesses which can continue to trade and can effectively operate their services remotely.
  • Businesses which have chosen to close, but are not required to close unless they can demonstrate significant financial impact as a result of lockdown restrictions.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking notice has been made.

To Apply

Register via the online portal link below and click on ARG January

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application -

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading immediately before restrictions came into effect
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills).

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected] Hours of business are 10am - 3pm.

Additional Restrictions Grant (Jan 2021) Guidance 

Grant Approval Portal

Christmas Support payment - Wet-Led Pubs 

Eligibility

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

This consists of a one-off payment of  £1,000 flat-rate grant to wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020.

For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as:

  • open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed

and

  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For the purposes of this grant the following are excluded from the definition of a pub : restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

To be eligible for a grant the pub must:

  • fall within the above definition of a pub
  • derive less than 50% of its income from sales of food
  • have been trading on 30 November 2020 (if the pub was required to close under national lockdown restrictions it is accepted it was still trading.

Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants – for example LRSG (Closed) or Additional Restrictions Grant – can also receive this grant.

Exclusions

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme
  • Businesses in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December will not be eligible to receive funding
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis, the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework will not be eligible to receive funding
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

This scheme will close on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by Northampton Borough Council by 28 February 2021.

To Apply

Visit the Grant Approval Portal at the link below and select the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs scheme.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application -

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number),  bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading prior to local or national restrictions
  • a copy of the company’s latest accounts as filed with HMRC. These should be dated no later than 31/03/2020. If the business was incorporated after 31/03/2020 provide proof current accounts to date for this tax year.

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm and the number is 08081648317.

Grant Approval Portal

Additional Restrictions Grants - Taxi Vehicle Licence Scheme

Eligibility 

This is a one-off grant for Taxi Vehicle License holders (Hackney Carriage and Private Hire) who had a reduced number of fares in December 2020 due to the local restrictions that were in place. Applications must be made by 12 March 2021. 

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • The registered Taxi Vehicle Licence holder with Northampton Borough Council
  • Your business has been severely impacted by the restrictions in December 2020

The level of grant payment will be dependent on the vehicle owned:

Type of Vehicle Grant Payment
Vehicle licence: standard vehicle (all other vehicles) £500
Vehicle licence : hybrid eco vehicle (i.e. Euro 6+/petrol Euro 5+) £1000
Vehicle licence: electric vehicle (i.e. LEVC) £1500

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • Businesses which are subject to insolvency or striking off action
  • Businesses which have already reached the state aid limit

To apply

Register via the online portal linked below and click on ARG Taxi Licence Schemes

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application:

  • Taxi Licence Number (HC or PHV)
  • Vehicle registration number/make, model and colour of vehicle
  • Recent utility/household bill to confirm address
  • Provide a copy of your UK driving licence
  • Bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)

If you experience issues while completing the portal link, please email [email protected] . Hours of business are 10am - 3pm.

Grant Approval Portal

Northampton Business Support Package Top Up

A one-off top up grant for businesses who have received a payment under the Business Support Package Grant for the January 2021 lockdown. Applications must be made by 12 March 2021.

The level of grant payment will be dependent on the rateable value of the premises occupied by the business as shown below:

  Business Support Package Grant 5 January - 15 February Northampton Business Support Package Top Up
RV £15,000 or less £6,001 £1,000
More than £15,000 but below £51,000 £9,000 £2,000
More than £51,000 £13,500 £3,000

To apply

Visit the Grant Approval Portal at the link below and select Northampton Business Support Package Top Up.

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected] . Hours of business are 10am - 3pm and the number is 08081648317

Grant Approval Portal

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any issues with portal applications, please contact us using the following email addresses:

  • National Restrictions Closures - Please email or call [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm - 08081648317
  • Christmas Support payment for 'Wet Let Pubs' - Please email or call [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm - 08081648317
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed/Open Tier 2, 3 & 4) - Please email or call [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm - 08081648317
  • Northampton Business Support Package Top Up - Please email or call [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm - 08081648317
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (January) - Please email [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm
  • Additional Restrictions Grant Taxi Vehicle Scheme - Please email [email protected]. Hours of business are 10am - 3pm

We are currently experiencing a high volume of enquiries and will respond to your email as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience during this challenging time.

State Aid
Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you're allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework; visit the link below for more details. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

COVID-19 Temporary Framework

Tax implications
Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.