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Covid-19 Business Grants

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants (OHLG)

The Government has announced a new business grant called ‘Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant’ that will be available to support businesses in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

Those eligible will receive a one-off payment determined by the rateable value of the business property and the business categorisation.

For more information on eligibility and payment values visit: Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant: guidance for Local Authorities (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria applies and businesses must:

  • offer in-person services, where the main service takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors
  • must have been trading on 30 December 2021
  • not have exceeded state subsidy levels
  • have been significantly affected by the Government’s response to the new Omicron variant
  • payable to the registered ratepayer in respect of the property
  • must not be in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice

How to claim

If you previously received a Restart Grant the council will email you before the 21st January 2022 inviting you to complete a short application form and you should use the link provided in the email to apply.

If you do not receive an email inviting you to claim the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant but you believe that you are eligible you will still be able to apply using the link below.

There is no need to contact us in advance as you are already on our email list.

Claim link: https://forms.liberata.com/business-grants/omicron-hospitality-and-leisure-grant-application/north-somerset

Information you will require

You will not be able to claim without providing the following information as the information will be used to validate your claim:

  1. The bank account details
  2. Your Business Rates Reference number (not the property reference number) which can be found on your Business Rates bill
  3. How many people you employ
  4. Your Company House Registration number or Registered Charity Number and the Standard Industrial Classification number you registered against
  5. If your business is not registered with Companies House or the Charity Commission, you will need to provide your Unique Taxpayer Reference number. You can find this be visiting: https://www.gov.uk/find-lost-utr-number

The council’s dedicated business grants team can be contacted on 01934 888 114 or email businessgrants@n-somerset.gov.uk

New Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) from January 2022

This Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is primarily aimed at businesses that have been significantly financially impacted due to the Government’s response in December 2021, to the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, introducing international travel restrictions and implementing the Government’s Plan B restrictions.

This additional fund is aimed at businesses with ongoing fixed costs that are significantly financially affected by the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria applies and businesses must:

  • have been trading on 30 December 2021
  • not be eligible for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • have 49 employees or less
  • have ongoing fixed monthly business costs in North Somerset (e.g. rent, insurances, utilities, equipment rental)
  • not have exceeded state subsidy levels
  • have been significantly affected by the Government’s response to the new Omicron variant
  • be registered with HRMC if a home-based business and provide their Company Unique Taxpayer Reference and a copy of their most recent tax return.
  • must not be in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice

How to claim and when?

If you previously received an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation or leisure sectors you may be eligible for this new grant so the council will email you directly by 19 January with a link to the online application form.

If you do not receive an email inviting you to claim the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant but you believe that you are eligible you will still be able to apply using the link below.

There is no need to contact us in advance as you are already on our email list.

Claim link: https://forms.n-somerset.gov.uk/ad/form/cvdargomicrongrant#/1

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