Support for businesses due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 21 December 2021 the chancellor set out measures to help England’s hospitality sector as it struggled with a collapse in bookings sparked by a rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The measures included a £1bn fund including cash grants of up to £6000 per premises for each eligible business. Read more about the support on GOV.UK.

In addition to the government’s hospitality and leisure grant due to Omicron, we were also allocated an amount of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding to provide support to businesses that had been severely impacted by the Omicron variant and didn't qualify for the hospitality and leisure grant.

We used our ARG funding to support:

  • any hospitality, leisure and accommodation business that wasn't registered to pay business rates but had fixed property costs
  • businesses that are in the direct supply chain to the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors
  • travel agents and coach tour operators who've received less financial support than some business sectors but continued to suffered hardship
  • any business with fixed property costs that could demonstrate they've suffered hardship specifically due to the Omicron variant, by providing evidence showing the businesses income was at least 25% less in December 2021 compared to the period in 2019/2020

New applications for the grants closed on Friday 18 March 2022. The information below is for reference only.

Hospitality and leisure grants due to Omicron

Applications for this grant closed on Friday 18 March 2022. The information below is for reference only.

These are one-off grants were to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that offered in-person services that may have suffered hardship due to the Omicron variant.

Eligibility

The grant was available to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that were trading and registered for business rates on Thursday 30 December 2021.

Examples of the types of business that qualified included:

  • Hospitality: restaurants, cafes, public houses/pub restaurants, food courts, roadside restaurants, wine bars.

  • Leisure: cinemas, museums and art galleries, theatres, wedding venues, events venues, night clubs and discotheques, arenas, concert halls, soft play centres/areas, amusement arcades, amusement parks, theme parks, tourist attractions, stately homes and historic homes, zoos and farm parks, casinos and gambling clubs, indoor riding centres, clubs and institutions, village halls and scout/cadet huts.

  • Accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, holiday apartments/cottages/bungalows, guest houses, hostels, lodges, holiday homes, catered holiday homes, boarding houses, coaching inns, country house hotels, chalet parks, caravan parks/sites/pitches, campsites, canal boats/other vessels.

Please note: the qualifying criteria for the hospitality and leisure grant due to Omicron was different to previous grant schemes, and the award of a previous grant didn't guarantee an award under this scheme. Examples of types of business that didn't qualify for this grant included: fast-food takeaways, hairdressers, beauticians, tattoo parlours, gyms, sport businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis - which includes dance and fitness studios, sports centres and clubs, sports courts, swimming pools and golf courses.

How much you'll receive

The grants are per premises and the amount paid was varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands:

  • RV £0 to £15,000 - a grant of £2667
  • RV £15,000 to £51,000 - a grant of £4000
  • RV over £51,000 - a grant of £6000

If you don't have a business rates account

If you don't have a business rates account you could still apply for a discretionary grant if you met the other eligibility criteria and you had fixed property costs. You needed to provide evidence of these costs, such as a valid tenancy agreement, rent statement or mortgage statement.

When payments will be made

Final payments will be made to successful applicants by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Hospitality, leisure and accommodation supply chain support grant

Applications for this grant closed on Friday 18 March 2022. The information below is for reference only.

We supported businesses that supply goods and services to businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that suffered hardship due to the Omicron variant.

The type of businesses that benefited from this grant are, for example: breweries, dog and cat boarding facilities, events organisers and food and beverage wholesalers.

Eligibility

The grant is only available to business that were trading on Thursday 30 December 2021 and have fixed property costs; either identified by having a business rates account, or by providing evidence of these costs such as rent or mortgage payments.

How much you’ll receive

The grants are per premises and the amount paid is varied by the rateable value (RV) or the amount of rent or mortgage payments made:

  • RV or annual rent/mortgage £0 to £15,000 – a one off grant of £2667
  • RV or annual rent/mortgage £15,000 to £51,000 – a one off grant of £4000
  • RV or annual rent/mortgage above £51,000 – a one off grant of £6000

When payments will be made

Supporting evidence must be provided by Friday 25 March and final payments will be made to successful applicants by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Travel agent and coach tour operator grants due to Omicron

Applications for this grant closed on Friday 18 March 2022. The information below is for reference only.

We introduced a scheme to support small independent travel agents and coach tour operators which was funded from the Additional Restrictions Grant funding.

A one-off grant was available to businesses in the travel sector that could demonstrate trade had been severely impacted by international travel restrictions and/or the Omicron variant.

How much you’ll receive

  • Eligible home-based businesses received a one-off payment of £1500.
  • All other eligible businesses received a one-off payment of £4000.

When payments will be made

Final payments will be made to successful applicants by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Discretionary hardship grant due to Omicron

Applications for this grant closed on Friday 18 March 2022. The information below is for reference only.

Our remaining Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) was made available as a one-off grant to any business that could demonstrate that they'd suffered hardship specifically due to the Omicron variant.

To qualify you must have been able to provide evidence that shows your businesses income was at least 25% less in December 2021 compared to the period in 2019/2020, before coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The grant was to support businesses with their fixed business costs during this period, and only one grant was available per business premises. Anyone that's sub-letting from another business, including hairdressers renting chairs, were excluded from the scheme. 

How much you’ll receive

Our remaining ARG allocation was used to fund this scheme and was divided between successful applicants. Therefore, the amount received depended on the number of successful applications that were processed.

For example, if £100,000 remained and we processed 200 successful applications, each business will receive an award of £500. If we have £75,000 remaining and process 300 successful applications, each business will received £250. However, no business will be able to receive an award exceeding £2667, irrespective of the number of successful applications we receive.

When payments will be made

If we need any further information from you this needs to provided by Friday 25 March 2022.

We'll start and make the payments to eligible businesses from Tuesday 29 March 2022. All payments will be made by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Subsidy allowance/state aid

These grant payments were subject to subsidy allowance conditions (formerly state aid). Any business that has excessed their allowance were not entitled to receive a grant.

Barnsley Council made payments in accordance with the guidance provided by the government: COVID-19 business grant funding schemes: guidance for local authorities.

Data protection and data sharing

Barnsley Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing, administrating public funds or where undertaking a public function in order to prevent and detect fraud.

As these grants are administered on behalf of the government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) there maybe a requirement to share this data with BEIS. Read the BEIS COVID-19 business support grant schemes privacy notice.