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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced that a new grant scheme would be made available to support businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant aims to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors, who due to the rise of the Omicron variant, have or are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

Key Dates

The scheme will close on 28 February 2022 and to give time for the Council to consider all applications and undertake the necessary verification checks the last date for the submission for applications is 5pm Monday 21st February 2022.

Eligibility

A business may have been eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme if it:

  • Predominantly relies on delivering in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
  • Occupies property in Burnley on which it is registered for Business Rates (prior to 30 December 2021)
  • Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Indicators that a business is trading are:
    • The business continues to trade, including online, via delivery 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:

Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation. If a business operates services that could be considered hospitality or leisure, and also fall into another category, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall income. 

The full eligibility criteria can be found in the Government Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Guidance (external link) 

How much you will receive

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant supports eligible businesses with one-off grants under the following thresholds:

Rateable Value

One-off Payment

Exactly £15,000 or under

£2,667

£15,000 - £50,999

£4,000

Exactly £51,000 or over

£6,000

For the purposes of this scheme the Government states:

  • A hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. However the definition of a hospitality business should exclude: food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway.
  • A leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. However the definition of a leisure business should exclude: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.
  • An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes. However, the definition of an accommodation business private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Eligible Sectors

Hospitality

For the purposed of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.  A business is eligible for a grant if they are

  • Food courts
  • Public House/pub restaurant
  • Restaurant
  • Roadside restaurant
  • Wine bar
  • Cafe

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities and in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. A business is eligible for a grant if they:

  • Provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods
  • Rely on seasonal labour
  • Assume particular public safety responsibilities
  • Operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends

For these purposes the definition of a leisure business excludes all retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators

Eligible leisure businesses under this scheme therefore are:

  • Casinos/gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums/art galleries
  • Stately homes/historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos/safari parks
  • Wedding Venues
  • Event Venues
  • Nightclubs/discotheques
  • Arenas
  • Concert Halls
  • Tourist attractions
  • Theme Parks
  • Amusement Arcades
  • Soft play centre/areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Village Halls/ scout huts, cadet huts 

Accommodation

For the purpose of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.  A business is eligible for a grant if they:

  • Provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes
  • Provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business  excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Eligible leisure businesses under this scheme therefore are:

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodge
  • Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B & Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

How to Apply

Businesses that have already been in receipt of a government grant and who may be eligible will receive an email from the Council with a link to an online application form.

If you are a new business that has not previously received government grant funding and meets the eligibility criteria for the scheme can apply by clicking on the link below.

The scheme will close on 28 February 2022 and to give time for the Council to consider all applications and undertake the necessary verification checks the last date for the submission of applications is 5pm Monday 21st February 2022.

If you have any questions about the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme please contact the Council’s business support team via email – economy&growth@burnley.gov.uk

Exclusions

As per the Government Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant guidance, this grant will not be paid to the following:

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Prevention of Fraud

We may use any information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud under section 68 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 as part of the Government’s commitment to preventing fraud. Section 68 enables Burnley Council to disclose information for the purposes of preventing fraud. Therefore any fraudulent cases will be result in prosecution and those found not to be entitled will have the grant withdrawn and reimbursement required.

The processing of personal data shared with Burnley Council in any anti-fraud data matching exercise will be carried out with statutory authority under the powers vested in Part 6 of the "Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014". It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018.

In addition, all data used and shared with external agencies including the Department of Work and Pensions, HMRC and the Her Majesty's Court Service etc. where relevant will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR.

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