Advice for businesses and the self-employed

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF), Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, and Additional Restrictions Grant

The Government has recently announced (21 December 2021) that further business grant support would become available in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses were likely to struggle during the winter period.

We can now confirm that the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant application process is now open, further details below. 

Our Covid-19 Addition Relief Fund (CARF) and Additional Restrictions Grant application process will be launched shortly.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme. Funding will be made available to all Local Authorities from January 2022. The scheme will close for applications on 21 February 2022 and all final payments must be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022,  Businesses will be eligible for this support from 30 December 2021.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will support hospitality, leisure and accommodation business premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Please complete our application before the deadline date, 21 February 2022.

Hardship relief

If your business does not qualify for financial support and is affected by Covid-19, we do have the discretion to give hardship relief. Please complete our application form.

Businesses support finder

The government's online platform can help businesses easily access the financial support they are eligible for during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants and by filling out a simple questionnaire, the business support finder will signpost business owners and the self-employed to relevant government financial support.

Business support from Coast to Capital’s Growth Hub 

Coast to Capital Growth Hub advisers are available to businesses for initial telephone discussions and signposting for specialist financial advice. Businesses should contact the Coast to Capital Growth Hub via e-mail or visit their Business Support page. Find out more about Coast to Capital's operational response.

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub is currently recruiting to the Peer Network Programme, which is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The network provides a small group of business leaders who can learn, share and grow from each other in a confidential environment.

Coast to Capital is also running a programme to support residents of the Coast to Capital area to help them become ready to look for employment or re-enter the job market. Details of the Making a Difference programme is available on Coast to Capital’s website.

Business advice

The following advice is available to businesses: