The government’s decision to place Liverpool into the highest Tier 3 restrictions has seen all bars, nightclubs, gyms, casinos and other leisure and hospitality businesses forced to close.
We have put together a list of the major grants and financial support
packages that can be claimed for those in the leisure and hospitality sectors.
The furlough scheme continues to
apply until 31 October 2020. Claims for furloughed staff should be made in the normal way. More information can be found here.
Job Support Scheme
From 1 November 2020, any business forced to close under the government restrictions will be able to have 67% of an employee’s normal wage paid by the government. Employer NIC and pensions will still be paid by the employer.
Those businesses not forced to close, will
use the pre-announced scheme. This involves each employee having to work at
least one-third of their normal hours, with the employer, government and
employee splitting the cost of the unworked hours between them.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
This new grant scheme is currently being prepared and is expected to be administered via your local Council. However, full details on the claims process are awaited.
Grants will be paid based on the rateable value of each premise that you have in a Tier 3 region:
- RV of less than £15,000 = £1,333 per fortnight.
- RV between £15,000 and £51,000 = £1,000 per fortnight.
- RV of more than £51,000 = £1,500 per fortnight.
Liverpool City Region Hospitality & Leisure Support Grant
This is a local grant scheme being provided directly by the local councils. The scheme is open to hospitality and leisure businesses that are forced to close, as well as those remaining open.
Businesses forced to close
Eligible businesses may receive up to £800 per full-time equivalent job that is sustained by the business. Grants will be paid 50% upfront, with a further 25% in the following two months.
A one-off grant may also be received of either £1,300 (RV up to £15,000), £2,000 (RV between £15,001 and £51,000) or £3,000 (RV over £51,000).
Businesses remaining open
Eligible businesses may receive up to £1,200 per full-time equivalent job that is sustained by the business. Grants will be paid 50% upfront, with a further 25% in the following two months.
A one-off grant may also be received of either £2,000 (RV up to £15,000), £5,000 (RV between £15,001 and £51,000) or £10,000 (RV over £51,000).
These grants will be open to applications from 10am tomorrow morning (16 October 2020). You can apply to your local Council using the following weblinks from that time:
We are here to support our fellow local business owners in these challenging times.
To see how we can help, please email Mark McKenna or Clair Coburn today or call us directly on 0151 489 1010.