Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG)

Further to the Government's announcement on 21 December, guidance has now been released providing details of the new Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant (OHLG). A summary and the full guidance is available on the GOV.UK website.

The OHLG is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed Business Rates-paying premises, within the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

Rateable Value Grant (£)
£15,000 or less £2,667
£15,001 – £51,000 £4,000
£51,001 or more £6,000

General Eligibility

  • Your business must be the ratepayer of the premises on 30 December 2021
  • The property must be in the rating list on 30 December 2021
  • The business must have been trading on 30 December 2021
  • The business must offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in the fixed business rates paying premises
  • Your main service must fall into one of the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation sectors, detailed below

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality business should exclude: food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators, gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis and personal services such as beauty parlors, hairdressers or spas.

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Exclusions to the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

  • Businesses that are not within the business rates system
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

What evidence will I need to provide?

Businesses are asked to provide a cumulative total of previous funding received under all Covid-19 business grant schemes - please note, providing this information is not mandatory.

The council places responsibility on the applicant to provide information that is correct to the best of their knowledge.

A completed application is required for a grant to be considered.

A completed application is required for a grant to be considered.

The scheme will close for applications at midnight on 28 February 2022 and all final payments must be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022.