Help for businesses and grants

Latest news - as at 13 January 2021

Closed businesses lockdown payment

This one-off grant worth up to £9,000 will be paid on top of existing grants to businesses with a business rates account that have been required to close due to national restrictions from 5 January 2021. The grant will be processed and paid automatically alongside the closed grant scheme already in place following tier 3/4 restrictions. A specific application for this grant is not required (it will be paid together with the next closed grant payment). The grant must be paid by 30 April 2021.

 

Grants following restrictions from 31 December 2020

Businesses that have been paid the rolling tier 3 grant (due to having to remain closed from 2 December 2020) will be paid their next grant without needing to re-apply. Payments will start to be processed from 14 January 2021 and will be a payment covering the period 30 December 2020 to 15 February 2021 (49 days) to reflect the additional day spent in tier 3. The payment will also include the closed businesses lockdown payment.

Businesses that re-opened then had to close from Thursday 31 December 2020 due to tier 4 restrictions will need to apply for the closed grant from this date. Payments will start to be processed from 14 January 2021 and will cover the period 31 December 2020 to 15 February 2021 (48 days). The payment will also include the closed businesses lockdown payment. Further information and the link to the form is shown below at

1. Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses) - application period ends 31 March 2021

 

The details about Bolton council’s additional restrictions grant scheme, for business required to close but are not liable for business rates or those that have not been legally forced to close but are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions, is shown below at

2. Additional restrictions grant

 

The information regarding the grant scheme for businesses that are not legally required to close but are severely impacted by the restrictions under tiers 2 and 3 (backdated to 5 August 2020) is shown below at

3. Local restrictions support grant (open businesses)

 

If your business has been required to close you only need to complete the application form once. Eligibility for all grants will be assessed at the same time.

The information regarding the £1,000 grant for pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from food sales is shown at

4. Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

All grant applications are being assessed as quickly as possible and we are aiming to process applications within 28 days of receipt of a full application (including all supporting information). If you do not receive any communication after 28 days from the date you submitted your full application please get back in touch with us by emailing businessbolton@bolton.gov.uk and we will look into your application further.

A table indicating which grants are available to certain business sectors is available for download.

Download the table now (pdf)

This document will be updated as more information is known.

1. Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

The Government is providing funding to pay grants to eligible businesses that are affected by local or national restrictions and were required to close on or after 9 September 2020. If the business does not have its own business rates bill it will not be eligible for a grant from this scheme.

Who is eligible for this grant?

Businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days, on or after 9 September 2020, as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Payment will be made to the person or company who, according to Bolton Council’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the date of the first full day of restrictions.

How much is the grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses during national closure from 5 January 2021 is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £2001 per 42 day qualifying period
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £3000 per 42 day qualifying period
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £4500 per 42 day qualifying period

If you are approved for the local restrictions support grant (closed) you will automatically be assessed for all other available grants including closed businesses lockdown payment.

The rate of payment for closed businesses lockdown payment is:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15k or under on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £4000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £6000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51k or over on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £9000

Exclusions to local restrictions support grant (closed businesses) and closed businesses lockdown payment

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
  • Businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the de minimis and the covid-19 temporary state aid framework
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

If you make/have already made an application for and are approved for the local restrictions support grant (closed) you will automatically be assessed for the local restrictions support grant (open) and will not need to re-apply.

The application closure date for the 42 day closed payment (which will incorporate the closed businesses lockdown payment) is 31 March 2021. All payments must be made by 30 April 2021.

Apply for LRSG closed grant

2. Additional restrictions grant

During previous grants schemes we have received contact from many businesses that haven’t been eligible for the grants. As a result our additional restrictions grant scheme, using funding of £6,084,000 provided to us by the government, has been set up to support businesses in the worst affected sectors that have not been able access grant support up to now. More specifically this will include:

  • Businesses that have been required to close but aren’t eligible for closed grant because they don’t have a business rates account
  • Events/hospitality/leisure supply chain businesses, or businesses reliant upon these sectors for the majority of their business, with or without business rates accounts that haven’t been paid a closed grant
  • Childrens nurseries (providers on Ofsted’s early years register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the early years foundation stage) that weren’t eligible for small business grant or discretionary grant
  • Market traders required to close but aren’t eligible for closed grant because they don’t have a business rates account

The payment amounts will be a single payment based upon the amount similar businesses in the same sector are being estimated to receive from the open and closed grant schemes from 5 August to 31 March 2021. If you have already had a payment up to 30 December 2020 an additional payment will be raised by 31 January 2021.

Supply chain businesses (or businesses reliant upon events/hospitality/leisure sectors) will be eligible for the payment for the sector they supply. If they supply more than one sector they will be paid at the level of whichever sector they supply most.

A table indicating the amount businesses will receive is available for download.

Download the table now (pdf)

Apply for additional restrictions grant

3. Local restrictions support grant (open businesses)

This strand of support was announced by the government "to help kickstart recovery for businesses that are not legally required to close but are severely impacted by the restrictions under tiers 2 and 3". This scheme is retrospective, applying from 5 August 2020.

Funding has been provided to council's to develop a discretionary scheme to support businesses in their local economies that have been severely impacted and has been calculated using valuation office agency data on the number of hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses in the Bolton area. The government expects the funding to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses.

Who is eligible for this grant?

Eligibility will mirror the way funding has been provided and will be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses with a business rates account. Should funding remain after the initial applications have been processed we will either look to extend the scheme to other businesses or carry a surplus forward to be used in the open scheme from 3 December 2020 if we remain in tier 2 or higher at this date.

How much is the grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses from 5 August 2020 will be:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £934 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £1,400 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £2,100 per four weeks.

Please note – should your business become eligible for a tier 3 (closed) or national (closed) payment this replaces the open payment from that date.

A table indicating the estimated amount businesses will receive is available for download.

Download the table now (pdf)

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

Apply for LRSG open grant

4. Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

On 1 December 2020, the government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

A single one-off payment of £1,000 will be made to eligible wet-led pubs. This is pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from food sales.

The government guidance states that an eligible pub should be "open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar". It goes on to say "the definition of a pub should exclude: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos".

Only pubs that are closed only because of the tier 3 restrictions from 2 December 2020 are eligible for the payment.

The person/company eligible to receive the payment is the person/company named on business rates records as being the ratepayer in respect of the pub on 1 December 2020.

Apply for christmas support payment for wet-led pubs