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Restart Grant

The Chancellor announced on 3rd March 2021 that the Government would be launching a Restart Grant - a one-off grant available to business who are liable for business rates and who operate in the personal care, hospitality, leisure, gym & sport, retail and accommodation sector.


For those businesses that HAVE received Local Restriction Support Grants between November 2020 and March 2021 - An email has been sent to all businesses who have previously applied with a short application form link included so we can collect additional information needed to process your application - please check the email account that you included on your most recent application.

For those businesses that HAVE NOT received Local Restriction Support Grants between November 2020 and March 2021- you will need to submit a full application, please complete the Restart Grant - new application form below.

PLEASE NOTE: we require ALL information to be provided or your application will be delayed. Once you have submitted your application, we will then complete our assessment and where eligibility is confirmed, we will make payment direct into your business bank account. If you are NOT eligible or have NOT provided sufficient information, we will contact you.

We appreciate businesses need this grant funding as soon as possible, but please be patient with us while we process your application, we are working as quickly as possible to pay grant funds to businesses.

The applicable grants awards are as below:




< £15,000



£15,000 - £51,000






Who can claim a Restart Grant?

A business that falls within one of the Non-Essential Retail or Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym sectors and is occupying and trading from a property on 1 April 2021 (for which an entry exists in the Rating List) and meets all eligibility criteria as determined by the Government should qualify for a payment.

Trading is defined as:

  • The business has staff on furlough
  • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc
  • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

You must be the Business Rates payer in order to apply and have the capacity to do so i.e. business owner, partner, company secretary/director, trustee of a charity, chair/treasurer of a not for profit making organisation.  Applications received from third parties or from those with no capacity will be declined.

There's more information about eligible businesses in the table below.

Re-start grant - eligible businesses [123KB]

Businesses that are not eligible

  • businesses that are not within the rating system will not be eligible to receive the grant i.e. the property is not assessed for business rates and there is no entry in the Rating List
  • the business is not occupying and trading from the property on 1 April 2021
  • the business is insolvent
  • company voluntary arrangement
  • in administrative receivership
  • liquidated
  • where a striking-off notice has been made
  • the business has already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted Subsidy Allowances (formerly known as State Aid)

Business Sector Types

Definitions of business sector types relating to those in the Non-Essential Retail, Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym sectors are shown below:

  • Non-essential retail: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.
  • Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
  • Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.
  • Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.
  • Gym & Sport: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.
  • Personal care: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.