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Restart grant scheme

In the recent Budget the Chancellor announced the new Restart Grant scheme. The Restart Grant scheme, which replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, will launch on 1 April 2021 and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the sectors below;

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will be split into two strands. Under Strand One, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Under Strand Two, grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.


Businesses eligible for the Restart Grant scheme are those which:

  • Predominantly rely on delivering in-person services for the general public from their business premises in the aforementioned sectors
  • Are registered for business rates (prior to 1 April 2021)
  • Are trading from the premises on 1 April 2021

How much you will receive

Strand One: Non-Essential Retail

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants under the following thresholds;

Rateable ValueOne-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 non-essential retail businesses can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

Strand Two: Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will support Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport business premises with one-off grants under the following thresholds;

Rateable ValueOne-off Payment
Exactly £15,000 or under £8,000
£15,000 - £50,999 £12,000
Exactly £51,000 or over £18,000


Find out more information about the definitions and types of businesses that may be eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme

If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality, the level strand that they are eligible for will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business.

How to Apply

Application forms for Babergh businesses 
Application forms for Mid Suffolk businesses


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.

Non-essential Retail Exclusions

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops.

Hospitality Exclusions

  • Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

Leisure Exclusions

  • Coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes

Accommodation Exclusions

  • Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

Gym & Sport Exclusions

  • Home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Personal Care Exclusions

Businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services; businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others; businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.