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Newark and Sherwood businesses get extra support thanks to the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant



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More than 400 local businesses could qualify for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant set up by the government to support businesses during the tricky trading period as the country battles against the rise in omicron virus cases.

The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses and is being allocated by local authorities.

Newark and Sherwood District Council was one of the first local authorities to contact businesses in the country and more than 260 applications have been received so far.

Newark town centre (10201876)
Newark town centre (10201876)

David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “For a second year in a row, our high street was hit hard by the rise in covid cases causing shoppers to stay at home.

“Our local businesses offer so much to the town and we’re doing all we can to support them during their time of need. We’re pleased the government have introduced this grant and our teams are working hard to contact those who can take advantage of it.

“If you’re a business owner in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sector please get in touch with us or fill out an application form.”

The scheme will close for applications on February 28, 2022 and all final payments will be made to recipients by March 31, 2022.

Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses and 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 following thresholds apply for businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on December 30, 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 December 30, 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 December 30, 2021, will receive a payment of £6,000.

The primary objective 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.

To find out more and to apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant, businesses can go to the Newark and Sherwood District Council website here.

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 across England.

The district council said it was awaiting further government guidance on the grant.



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