Restart Grants are for businesses on the ratings list only and it is a one-off grant based on the rateable value and business sector – an expanded list of the business sectors is available here. The scheme opened on 1 April and closes on 30 June.
The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
- The applicant must be the correct ratepayer at 1 April 2021 according to the billing authority’s records.
- The main service determines eligibility - the primary principle of the Restart 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 relevant sectors.
- Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme; an expended definition of trading is available here.
- Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.
Applicants are required to provide all the data listed, please have this information to hand when completing the application form:
- Name of business
- Business Trading Address including postcode
- Unique identifier (preferably Company Reference Number (CRN)) if applicable. If not applicable, VAT Registration Number, Self-Assessment/Partnership Number, National Insurance Number, Unique Taxpayer Reference, Registered Charity Number will also be acceptable)
- High level SIC Code
- Nature of Business
- Date business established
- Number of employees
- Business rate account number (if applicable)
- Cumulative total of previous funding received under all COVID-19 business grants schemes
There are a number of pre-payment checks that must be completed prior to releasing grants which includes the Business Rate records, the bank statement and information available on Spotlight. Spotlight is the Government’s access to Companies House, the Charity Commission and other data sources.
Businesses must confirm that they are eligible for the grant scheme and must confirm that, by accepting payments, recipients are in compliance with Subsidy Allowance rules.
This grant income is taxable and must be included in the tax return of the business.
The Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution, any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.
The Council will undertake pre-payment checks to combat the risks of fraud and payment error.
Grant recipients may be contacted for research purposes and your data will be shared with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for research and evaluation purposes.
Businesses will be informed of the outcome of their application. There is no right of appeal.
Grant payments will be published on the Council’s Transparency webpage.
Please make sure your application is fully complete, that you have signed it and that you include a copy of your most recent business bank statement. Please email your application to email@example.com. We will accept applications submitted through the postal system but these will take longer to reach us and to process:
Business Support Grants
Barrow Borough Council
Payments will be made within 14 days of all information being provided for your Restart Grant.
For the purposes of this grant, a list of the business types is below (the list is not exhaustive).
Non-essential retail definition: 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 (up to £6k):
- Betting offices
- Departmental stores
- Markets (other than livestock)
- Sales kiosks
- Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
- Tobacco and vape stores
- Antiques stores
- Sales offices
- Travel agents
- Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
- Clothes shops
- Book shops
- Auction rooms
- Car auction
- Car showrooms
- Car supermarkets
- Car washes (standalone)
- Sales/display/hiring sites
- Charity shops
- Carpet stores
- Furniture shops
- Sofa shops
- Homeware shops
- Plant nurseries
- Stationery shops
- Gift shops
- Make-up shops
- Animal groomers
- Sweet shops
- Photography studios
Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink (up to £18k):
- Food courts
- Public houses/pub restaurants
- Roadside restaurants
- Wine bars
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 (up to £18k):
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Casinos and gambling clubs
- Ice rinks
- Museums and art galleries
- Roller skating rings
- Stately homes & historic houses
- Zoos & safari parks
- Amusement parks
- Pleasure piers
- Conference centres
- Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
- Wedding venues
- Events venues
- Heritage railways
- Public halls
- Night clubs & discotheques
- Hostess bars
- Sexual entertainment venues
- Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
- Concert halls
- Go kart rinks
- Model villages
- Tourist attractions
- Miniature railways
- Theme parks
- Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
- Animal attractions at farms
- Wildlife centres
- Botanical gardens
- Visitor attractions at film studios
- Soft play centres or areas
- Indoor riding centres
- Clubs & institutions
- Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.
Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes (up to £18k):
- Caravan parks
- Caravan sites and pitches
- Chalet parks
- Coaching inns
- Country house hotels
- Guest & boarding houses
- Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
- Boarding houses
- Canal boats or other vessels
- Catered holiday homes
- Holiday homes
Personal care definition: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing (up to £18k):
- Tanning salons
- Nail salons
- Massage centres, massage treatments
- Tattoo and piercing studios
- Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
- Barbers, groomers
- Beauty salons
- Beauticians, aesthetics
- Other non-surgical treatments
Gym & Sport definition: 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 (up to £18k):
- Dance schools and centres
- Dance studios
- Gymnasia/fitness suites
- Cricket centres
- Ski centres
- Sports and leisure centres
- Outdoor sports centres
- Outdoor adventure centres
- Squash courts
- Tennis centres
- Sports courts
- Swimming pools
- Shooting and archery venues
- Driving ranges
- Water sport centres
- Golf courses
Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.
To help further, some trading indicators are included below that can help assess what can be defined as trading for the purposes of the grant schemes.
Indicators that a business is trading are:
- 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 of notice or under notice
- The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
This list of indicators is not exhaustive and we may use other criteria to determine if a business is trading.