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Restart grants for retail and leisure

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Middlesbrough business owners are being urged to apply for grants to help them get back to business.

The Government's Restart Grant scheme is now open and Middlesbrough Council is encouraging local eligible businesses to apply.

The grants will be used to help them get back up and running so they can welcome customers after months of closure.

So far, £1.1m  has already been paid to Middlesbrough businesses.

Types of businesses that can apply for the grant include non-essential shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, leisure businesses, salons, gyms, sports venues and accommodation providers such as hotels.

Eligible businesses will receive a one-off payment based on their Rateable Value after the required third party checks are completed.

Payments to eligible businesses are now being paid daily by Middlesbrough Council.

The Restart Grant has launched in place of the previous Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) and Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) which are now closed.

Businesses that have already received the closed grant and are eligible for the Restart Grant will be emailed directly by Middlesbrough Council and be required to complete a short validation form to claim the grant

Businesses that are eligible but have not had a previous grant will need to apply for a Restart Grant online.

Grant payment amounts depend on the Rateable Value and which business sector the enterprise falls into. 

Non-essential shops that have a Rateable Value of £15,000 or under would receive a grant of £2,667.

Those with a Rateable Value between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive £4,000, while those with a Rateable Value above £51,000 would receive a grant payment of £6,000.

Hospitality venues such as restaurants and bars, as well as gyms, salons and other leisure businesses with a Rateable Value of £15,000 and under can expect a grant payment of £8,000.

The same type of businesses with a Rateable Value between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive £12,000, and those with a Rateable Value of £51,000 and above will receive a grant of £18,000.

As restrictions on businesses are eased and customers are welcomed back, it's vital that workplaces and public venues remain Covid-19 secure.

This will include social distancing, wearing face coverings and good hygiene measures.

Hospitality businesses such as bars and restaurants that have outdoor space can also apply for a temporary Pavement Licence and there is no charge for the licence.

Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Finance and Governance Councillor Chris Hobson said: "Now that these businesses can reopen it's vital they secure this funding from Government to help them get back on their feet.

"We want to see our high street busy again and of course businesses and residents alike must abide by the restrictions that are still in place.

"Our fantastic business owners across Middlesbrough have made incredible sacrifices this year, and the Restart Grant offers a step in the right direction for them to re-build and welcome back customers once again.

"I urge all business owners who think they may be eligible to read the information and put forward an application."

More details about Restart Grants and other support for businesses can be found on the business support page.

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