Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice, information and help

Business support grants

The Government has announced a £1billion fund to help businesses hit by the rise in COVID-19 cases, including those in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

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, business rate-paying premises.

A business will be eligible to receive the grant if its main service (50% or more of overall income) falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation.

A hospitality business is defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. The definition of a hospitality business does not include food kiosks and businesses whose main service (50% or more of income) is a takeaway.

A leisure business is defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, and days and nights out. The definition of a leisure business does not include retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.

An accommodation business is defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes. The definition of an accommodation business does not include private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes and residential family centres.

The amount an eligible business will receive is based on its rateable value: 

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

This grant will be open for applications from 21 January until 18 February 2022. Please refer back to this page.

If your business falls outside of the stated criteria and has suffered as a result of Omicron, you may apply for the Build Back Better Grant.

The Broxbourne Build Back Better Grant Fund

This grant fund will support businesses operating in the Borough that have ambitious plans to grow and create new jobs. The scheme is open to applications from sole traders, partnerships, micro, small and medium businesses (SMEs) from any industry and sector. This ranges from start-ups launched during the pandemic, to established local companies looking to expand in the area.

To apply for this grant, you need to demonstrate that the funds you are requesting do at least one of the following (this list isn’t exhaustive):

  • create more jobs or safeguard existing jobs
  • create a new revenue stream
  • implement initiatives that support NetZero and a greener, more sustainable business model

This is a one-off grant of between £1,000 and £25,000 that will be awarded to eligible applicants. Priority will be given to the events, leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors, but is open to all to apply.

Applicants must:

  • be a Broxbourne Borough-based start-up business formed since/during the pandemic, looking to grow quickly within the Borough
  • be an established Broxbourne Borough-based company that can demonstrate evidence of ambitious expansion/growth plans within the Borough

Apply for the Build Back Better Grant  

Re-introduction of Statutory Sick Pay for COVID-19 related absences for the UK

Support will be available for businesses, with fewer than 250 employees, to cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for COVID-19 related absences for up to two weeks per employee. Businesses can claim from mid-January 2022.

Last updated: 13 January 2022