More support for hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses in Northumberland

Applications have opened for a new grant to support businesses which are not in the business rates system but would otherwise have been eligible for a Government Restart Grant.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 3:52 pm

Northumberland County Council is using Additional Restrictions Grant to support more businesses in the county, as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

The scheme will in the main mirror the Government’s Restart Grant scheme, with Strand One supporting non-essential retail, B&Bs and personal care businesses and also businesses directly supplying businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors which have been severely impacted during local and national restrictions.

Strand Two will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure and gym businesses which do not have a rateable value, with the details of which business types that are included in the sectors provided on the council’s website.

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More grant support is being made available to Northumberland businesses. Picture: Pixabay

Businesses without a rateable value must demonstrate that they have non-residential fixed property costs of over £200 per month, with the exception of registered B&Bs, where some residential costs can be taken into account.

Grant values range from £2,667 to £6,000 for Strand One, and from £8,000 to £18,000 for Strand Two.

Jan Willis, the council’s executive director of finance, said: “We are pleased to get applications open for this further support grant for businesses in the county.

“The council has been very keen to support as many businesses in Northumberland as possible and is using its additional allocation of funding to make sure that businesses in the most badly affected sectors are not disadvantaged just because they are not liable for the business rates on a property.”

Full details are available at

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 28.

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