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Grant launched to help hospitality and leisure businesses affected by Omicron

A new grant to support businesses severely impacted by Omicron launches on Monday 24 January. The 'Liverpool City Region Additional Restrictions Grant' will be allocated by the council, to businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors and those in connected supply chains who are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. 

It is expected that there will be large demand for this grant, so businesses are urged to apply as soon as possible as the grant will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Home-based businesses could claim £1,000 with businesses in commercial property being eligible for up £3,000.


Who can apply?

Eligible business must be a small/micro business based in Wirral, employing 1 to 50 members of staff, that are able to demonstrate their trading activities have been significantly impacted by Omicron. The grant is intended for businesses that are currently trading and are ineligible for the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant.

Businesses eligible for the grant are:

  • Those in the supply chains of the Hospitality and Leisure sectors
  • Accommodation (not Airbnb)
  • Breweries
  • Caterers and catering suppliers/equipment
  • English language schools
  • Entertainment industries e.g self-employed musicians, promoters, artist agents/management companies
  • Events industries e.g. marquee, sound & lighting, security company, event entertainment agency, event planner/management, event photographer, event/hospitality staffing agency
  • Freelance and mobile businesses, e.g caterers, events, hair, beauty
  • Gyms
  • Hospitality businesses
  • Leisure businesses
  • Nightclubs 
  • Personal care
  • The travel and tourism sector e.g group travel, travel agents and tour operators/facilitators, coach operators, limousine hire
  • Theatres
  • Wedding related businesses
  • Wholesalers


How do businesses apply?

Businesses must apply for the Liverpool City Region Additional Restrictions Grant online. The online application form cannot be saved, so you will need to complete your application in one sitting. Before you start, please ensure you have the following information and documentation at hand:

  • copies of your full business bank account statements covering all three months of October, November, and December 2021, and clearly show the name of the bank account holder, business address, sort code and account number, and all business transactions. These details must match the name of the business, or individual listed on the business rates bill, lease, mortgage agreement, utility bill, insurance certificate
  • registered Company, Registered Charity, other registered number (if applicable)
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (10 digits) and National Insurance number (if self-employed)
  • Partnership or Self-Assessment number (if partnership)
  • a statement explaining how the business has been impacted by the Omicron variant

In addition, businesses occupying commercial premises will need to provide:

  • signed and current commercial lease or mortgage statement or mortgage deed
  • Business Rates Reference Number and a copy of your latest bill for April 2021 to March 2022 (only applicable if your business premises are in the business rates system)
  • a utility bill (gas, electricity, water, broadband or landline telephone – mobile phone bills are not acceptable) which must be dated within the last three months and matches the business name and address shown on your lease, mortgage, business rates bill. 

Home-based businesses will also need to provide:

  • a utility bill (gas, electricity, water, broadband or landline telephone – mobile phone bills are not acceptable) which must be dated within the last three months and match the name of the business or applicant and the home address where you run your business from. 
  • a sales invoice generated by your business for December 2021
  • a current business-related insurance certificate in the name of the business or sole trader, for example, public liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance, employer liability insurance

We can only accept a PDF copy of documents, or a clear photograph of a paper copy. Screenshots are not acceptable.


When can businesses apply?

Applications for Liverpool City Region Additional Restrictions Grant open from 10am on Monday 24 January and close at 5pm on Friday 4 February. 

The grant will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, so businesses are urged to apply as soon as possible. Any application that does not have all the required information listed above, will be treated as invalid.

To read more about the grant and to apply, click here.