On 21 December 2021, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £1billion fund to support businesses in the hospitality sector as the UK tackles rising cases of the Omicron variant.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) 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. 

What you will get

Rateable value Grant
£15,000 or less £2,667
Over £15,000 and below £51,000 £4,000
£51,000 or more £6,000

Grant applications

We have written to several businesses who previously received a Restart Grant for hospitality, leisure and accommodation inviting them to complete an application form where we believe they may be eligible for this new grant.  These businesses should use the link provided in the email to apply.

If you did not receive an email inviting you to claim this new grant and believe you are eligible you can still apply.  Your application will need to be submitted before the closing date of 18 March 2022.

Check if you're eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - GOV.UK

We are working to pay eligible businesses as quickly as possible however we are required to collect data from businesses that will enable accurate monitoring, evaluation, and assurance of business support grant payments by the government.  To prevent fraud and error there are also several checks which must be carried out before the grant payment is made.

Apply

You will need to provide the following information when claiming the grant: -

  • Your business rates reference number
  • The number of people you employ at the business premises you are claiming the grant for
  • Your Companies House registration number or registered charity number and the standard industrial classification number you registered against your business
  • Your unique taxpayer reference number (UTR) or your National Insurance number if your business is not registered with Companies House or the Charity Commission
  • The bank account details that the previous grant was paid to. (New applicants will need to provide a November 2021 bank statement for their business).

To submit your claim, only click the form submit button once. You will receive confirmation online and by email that your claim has been received along with your claim reference number. Please avoid clicking the submission button multiple times as this will delay your claim being processed.

If you have more than one business property liable for business rates that meets the criteria for this grant, please complete an application for each business property.

Apply for grant

Further information about your grant claim

How and when the grant payment will be made 

Our service partners, Liberata will be validating your claim and evidence.  The email address will be from a liberata.com email address and is safe. 

Liberata may also contact you to clarify a point or to request further evidence on behalf of the council by telephone or email.

The validation checks required to decide on your claim may take between 10 and 15 working days. This is because we will be using tools recommended by the government that are provided by external organisations. You will receive an email when a decision has been made.  

The grant payment is payable to the ratepayer.  The payment will be paid directly into the nominated bank account within five working days of your claim decision and notification.

How to contact us about your claim

There is no call centre facility for this service, however, we will aim to respond to your enquiry within five working days.

You can contact us and send further documentary evidence.

Contact us about the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant