COVID-19: Grants and Business Rates

COVID-19 GRANTS

Restart Grants

The Restart Grant is a one-off payment and the award amount varies on two factors – the sector a business trades within and the Rateable Value of the business premise.

If your business trades in the non-essential retail sector, then the Restart Award your business is eligible to receive is based on the Rateable Value of your premise(s):

  • If the Rateable Value of your premise(s) is less than £15,000, the Restart Grant you are eligible to receive is £2,667
  • If the Rateable Value of your premise(s) is between £15,001 and £50,999, the Restart Grant you are eligible to receive is £4,000
  • If the Rateable Value of your premise(s) is greater than £51,000, the Restart Grant you are eligible to receive is £6,000

If your business trades in the hospitality, entertainment, accommodation, leisure or personal care sectors, then the Restart Award your business is eligible to receive is based on the Rateable Value of your premise(s):

  • If the Rateable Value of your premise(s) is less than £15,000, the Restart Grant you are eligible to receive is £8,000
  • If the Rateable Value of your premise(s) is between £15,001 and £50,999, the Restart Grant you are eligible to receive is £12,000
  • If the Rateable Value of your premise(s) is greater than £51,000, the Restart Grant you are eligible to receive is £18,000

These restart grants have been available from 1st April 2021 onwards and are accessed via your local authority: 

  • Warrington restart grants can be found here
  • Cheshire East restart grants can be found here. 
  • Cheshire West and Chester restart grants can be found here. 

If you’re unsure what grant you are eligible for, please contact us.

Zoo Animals Support Grant

The government will extend the Zoo Animals Fund for a further three months until 30 June 2021, providing licensed zoos and aquariums in England with continued support for animal care and essential maintenance costs. Find out more here.

Cheshire and Warrington Grants

In Cheshire and Warrington there were three local grant schemes (Cheshire & Warrington Recovery & Restructure Grant, C&W Covid Recovery Grant,Cheshire & Warrington Restructure Capital Grant) that are now all closed for applications.

Other grants

  • Self Employment Income Support Scheme information can be found here.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme information can be found here.

COVID-19: BUSINESS RATES

In the 2021 budget, the government announced it has frozen the business rates multiplier in England for 2021-22 with effect from 1 April 2021

  • Cheshire East business rates information can be found here
  • Cheshire West and Chester business rates information can be found here
  • Warrington business rates information can be found here

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

The government will continue to provide eligible retail, hospitality and leisure properties in England with 100% business rates relief from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

This will be followed by 66% business rates relief for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5 January 2021, or £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.

Nurseries will also qualify for relief in the same way as other eligible properties.