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Business Advice and Support

Restrictions Business Fund Non Domestic Rate Grant

The Welsh Government has launched the Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the additional restrictions put in place on the 4th December to control the spread of Covid-19. The purpose of the grant is to provide businesses with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions introduced. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

Restrictions Business Fund Non Domestic Rate Grant

Grant A:
Businesses in the hospitality sectors that are in receipt of Small Business rate relief (SBRR) and have a rateable value of £12,000 or less will be eligible for a £3,000 payment.

Hospitality businesses who received the Lockdown Business Grant in October via their Local Authority and have not received an automatic payment should now apply for this new grant.

Following the lockdown announcement by Welsh Government on 16th December, all Non-Essential Retail, tourism and leisure businesses who were forced to close and received the Lockdown Business Grant in October should receive an automatic payment via the ERF Restriction Fund.  These businesses will not be required to re-register their details.  However, any business that has not received notification of a payment by 8th January will need to make an application.

Other tourism, leisure, essential retail and supply chain business in the same rateable value bracket will also be eligible for this support if they have greater than 40% reduction in turnover during the restriction period.  These businesses are required to register their details.

Grant B:

Hospitality businesses with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000 being eligible for a £5,000 payment if they are forced to close.

Hospitality businesses who received the Lockdown Business Grant in October via their Local Authority and have not received an automatic payment should now apply for this new grant.

Following the lockdown announcement by Welsh Government on 16th December, all Non-Essential Retail, tourism and leisure businesses who were forced to close and received the Lockdown Business Grant in October should receive an automatic payment via the ERF Restriction Fund.  These businesses will not be required to re-register their details.  However, any business that has not received notification of a payment by 8th January will need to make an application.

Other tourism, leisure, essential retail and supply chain business in the same rateable value bracket will also be eligible for this support if they have greater than 40% reduction in turnover during the restriction period.  These businesses are required to register their details.

Grant C:

Hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £51,001 and £150,000 being eligible for a £5,000 payment if impacted by the restrictions. Tourism and leisure businesses in the same rateable value bracket will also be eligible for this support if they have greater than 40% reduction in turnover during the restriction period.

Notes Relevant to all Three Grants
For businesses needing to register, their hereditament must have been on the NDR rating list as of the 1st September 2020 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property as of the 30th November 2020.

Tourism, leisure, retail and supply chain businesses with a greater than 40% reduction in turnover will need to complete a short registration form, whether they experienced a 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 as compared to December 2019. For businesses that had not yet started trading in December 2019, the 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 should be compared to their monthly turnover for September.

Self-catering Businesses

In relation to self-catering accommodation you will only qualify if ALL the following criteria are met:

  • The self-catering accommodation can produce two years of trading accounts directly preceding the current financial year of the business
  • The self-catering accommodation must actually have been let for a period of 140 days or more in the financial year 2019-20
  • The self-catering accommodation business must be the primary source of income for the owner (i.e. it must be more than any other income the owner has).

For further information on this grant please read the Restrictions Business Fund NDR Guidance Document

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ID: 7302, revised 07/01/2021