Affected businesses urged to apply for new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

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Hospitality venues like pubs, bars and restaurants whose business has been adversely affected by Omicron are encouraged to apply for the funding

Hospitality and leisure businesses that have been adversely affected by Omicron are being encouraged to apply for support funding.

After the government announced additional support, applications for the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant are now open on Bedford Borough Council’s website.

The amount eligible local businesses will receive are:

  • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less on 30 December 2021, will receive a one-off grant of £2,667.
  • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021, will receive a one-off grant of £4,000.
  • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above on 30 December 2021, will receive a one-off grant of £6,000.

Businesses within Bedford Borough, which occupy a property they pay business rates on and fall within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure business sectors may be eligible for this grant.

Visit the grant page of the website to find out more about eligibility, and to apply for this grant.

Businesses that had been most affected by the pandemic received a final support grant in December from the remainder of the Additional Restrictions Grant Fund.

These businesses include those in the hospitality sector, indoor facilities, non-essential retail and leisure settings such as cinemas.

Businesses that operate from business premises received £880, while other qualifying businesses received £264.

In addition, the Council is awarding funding to three organisations which support local businesses to help them keep doing this vital work:

  • £48,000 has been awarded to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to support their small and medium size enterprise recovery support programme in Bedford Borough.
  • £40,000 has been awarded to the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce towards their global trade business support programme to assist businesses in Bedford Borough to expand into export markets.
  • £50,000 has been awarded to BedfordBID to undertake activities to increase custom to town centre businesses and to encourage customers to feel safe to return to the town centre.

Cllr Michael Headley, portfolio holder for finance, said “We know these are uncertain times for local businesses, and we have distributed this last half a million pounds from the previous Additional Restrictions Grant Fund to those businesses which have been most affected as well as to organisations that provide support for businesses.

“Throughout the pandemic we have worked to provide grant funding quickly and fairly.

Please visit our website to find out more about the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, and apply for this funding.”

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