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Business Financial Support

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK on 21st December 2021.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme will provide 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 up to £6000.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is for businesses on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list only. 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 rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

The scheme will close, and decisions will need to be made by 18 March 2022, so you must apply by 11 March 2022.


Additional Restrictions Grant - Omicron

The Council has been awarded an additional small amount of discretionary funding to support some businesses. This funding can be used to make direct grant awards to those businesses most effected by on-going Covid related downturn in trade. The Council has been waiting for guidance from central government on eligibility as the funding may not be sufficient to cover all potential businesses impacted. The scheme is not yet live but details will be published here when available.

Vacant Shop Grant

Grants up to £5,000 will be available to support businesses taking on a new vacant retail property in the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council area with a minimum lease of 12 months from 1st  August 2021. The grant will fund up to 50% of lease payments (from 1st August 2021 until 31st March 2022) plus £1000 grant contribution towards signage, shop fittings and marketing.

Businesses expanding into larger premises (30% increase or more) or taking on additional premises are eligible to apply.

vacant retail grant - eligibility criteria [125KB]

Market Traders/ Market Operator Grants

Grants from £300 up to £3000 will be available for regular market traders and licenced market organisers in the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council under three themes:

  • Theme 1: Regular market traders or leaseholders The grant will be for 33% of existing rent paid or due for payment up to a maximum of £1,000 from 1st August 2021 to 31st March 2022. Plus an additional £200 contribution for traders to use for marketing materials, business support, display equipment or enhancement. For any trader taking an additional outdoor stall, a supplement can also be applied for worth up to 75% of rental costs for stall 1 January 2022 - 31 March 2022. Applicants cannot apply to both theme 1 and theme 2 for the same premises.
  • Theme 2: Leaseholders of a permanent market unit or market lock up shop Grants of up to £3000 for improvements to your market unit including new shop fittings, redecorating, lighting, signage. All works must be completed by 31/3/2022. Quotes for costs need to be submitted with the application, payment will be made on production of evidence of payment. The council will consider an uplift to the grant amount under exceptional circumstances. Applicants cannot apply to both theme 1 and theme 2 for the same premises.
  • Theme 3: Licenced market organisers or a traders group Market organisers or a representative of a collective of traders can apply for a grant toward promoting footfall to the market. Grants up to £3,000 for marketing, promotion of the market, entertainment or activities to attract new customers or traders to the market. Activities have to be completed by 31/3/2022. Submit proposed approach with estimated costs. 

Market traders and operators grant - eligibility criteria [164KB]

Autumn/Winter top up grant for specific sectors - now closed

In October 2021, the Council decided to make a small number of top-up grants to active businesses who faced an ongoing downturn in trade due to Covid and incurred some form of on-going business related expenses or fixed overheads. The sectors that we identified for this additional payment included:

Travel Agents; Group Travel Operators (coach tour organisers, heritage railways, canal boat tours etc.); Nightclubs; English Language Schools, Outward bound/activity centres; Theatres; Cinemas, Attractions with income normally generated in part from group/school travel bookings (e.g. caverns, castle/historic buildings, zoo/farm visitor attractions); Conference venues and hostels accommodating large group books with activity space (excluding bunk houses);  Direct suppliers to the above sectors e.g. conference stand suppliers,  Kennels & Catteries impacted due to lower levels foreign holidays will also be supported.

Level of Grant:

  • Fixed overheads (rent/rates) or operate primarily abroad: £5,000
  • Home Based £2,000

All previous recipients of funding (Mandatory, Discretionary and home-based businesses) within these sectors were contacted directly and grant was advertised on this webpage. If you have any questions regarding the scheme please contact regeneration@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk 


COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund -CARF (for 2021/22)

On 25 March 2021 the government announced a new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion to support those business rate payers affected by the pandemic but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates.

On 15 December 2021 the government published guidance on the operation of the fund and details of the funding allocation for each local authority

Each individual Council is responsible for developing a local scheme in order to determine which businesses will benefit from this relief.

We are currently working hard to develop this scheme and will publish details of how it will operate as soon as possible.


Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic.

You can apply to the scheme if Covid-19 has affected your business. You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose - including managing cashflow, investment and growth. However, you must be able to afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes.

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/recovery-loan-scheme/


Data Matching - National Fraud Initiative 2020/21

High Peak Borough Council are participating in an exercise to promote the proper spending of public money.

We participate in the Cabinet Office's anti-fraud initiative, known as the National Fraud Initiative. For this initiative, we are providing details of Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF), Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), and Local Authority Discretionary Fund (LADF) data so that it can be compared to information provided by other public bodies. This data will primarily be matched to identify possible cases of grant fraud. These exercises, therefore, help promote the best use of public funds.

You do not need to take any action. More information is available on this via our National Fraud Initiative webpage.


If you need to contact the council for help and advice during the current situation please Contact Regeneration