Advice for businesses
Depending on the nature of your business, there is advice available on how to carry out your business safely for you, your staff and your customers.
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
On 21 December 2021, the government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.
This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme. The funding is to be made available in Financial Year 2021-2022 and can be used in Financial Year 21/22 only.
The scheme will close for applications on 28 February 2022 and all final payments will be made to recipients by 31 March 2022.
Under the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses. Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in England.
The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.
The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.
Grants are per premises and the amount paid is varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands: £0-15k; £15-51k; and over £51k.
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Businesses will be eligible for this support from 30 December 2021. Newark and Sherwood District Council were the first to get grants out to local businesses last time and we are also one of the first to get grants out this time too.
To apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, please fill out an application here.
Further support for other businesses impacted for Omicron
To support other businesses impacted by Omicron – such as those who supply the hospitality and leisure sectors – the government is also giving a more than £100 million boost to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund for local authorities in England. We are awaiting further government guidance on this grant but we will update this page once we know more. Please keep an eye out for more information on how to apply to this grant soon.
Local authorities will have discretion to allocate this funding to businesses most in need. The ARG top up will be prioritised for those local authorities that have distributed the most of their existing allocation. This is on top of the £250 million previously allocated funding that remains with local authorities.
To provide continued support to the cultural sector, £30 million further funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund to support organisations such as theatres, orchestras and museums through the winter to March 2022.
More on the announcement can be found on the government news website.
Further information on the grant is also available on the government website.
Your business may be eligible for other grants and support from us. To find out more visit the business growth and support section of this website.
The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means
- from 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings
- from 13 December, office workers who can work from home should do so
- from 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption
Details of all the premises where face coverings must be worn can be found online on the government website. A poster for those premises where face coverings are now required is also available from the government website.
More information about Plan B can be found on the government website.