Your business may be entitled to a Restart Grant payment to help it reopen safely following government restrictions.
If you have successfully claimed a Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed (LRSG-C) from us you do not need to apply for a Restart Grant - we will contact you direct.
Who can claim?
You may be able to claim a Restart Grant from us if you are a Chesterfield Borough Council Business Rates payer and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:
You must be the Business Rates payer - that is the person named on the Business Rates bill. If the Business Rates bill is in the name of a company, the person that applies must hold a position of responsibility within the company and be authorised to make the claim on behalf of the business.
The amount you receive depends on the rateable value of your business premises - find out more here.
Other financial support
Additional Restrictions Grant - businesses that are not registered for Business Rates may be able to claim a discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant if trading has been severely impacted by government restrictions.
Taxi Driver Support Grant - for local taxi, private hire and contract drivers that have suffered a loss of income due to government restrictions.
Eligible business types
Most businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors are eligible to claim a Restart Grant. Full details of the types of business that are eligible - and those that are excluded - are available here.
If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into one of the other categories, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business.
Businesses that are not eligible
Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it:
'Trading' on 1 April 2021
Restart Grants are available to businesses that were 'trading' on 1 April 2021. Even though your business was forced to close, it is considered to be trading if:
- you have staff on furlough
- you have continued to trade online, by click and collect, or by offering reduced services (such as takeaway)
- you have been carrying out business activity, for example managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
- the business is NOT in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
Information you will need
To apply you will need the information below:
Business Rates account reference - this is an 8 character reference beginning with 5, you can find this on your annual bill
Business bank account details - this is the account we will pay the grant into
Proof of business bank account - the most recent statement or a screenshot of online banking, and must:
- show the business bank details
- be from within the last month
- show business transactions during this period
You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photos of your documents.
Unique identifying number - we need to know your Companies House Registration number (CRN) if you have one, or another unique way to identify your business - such as your VAT Registration Number, Limited Partnership Number, Registered Charity Number, Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), National Insurance Number, or Self-Assessment Number.
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code - the 5 digit SIC code that applies to your business.
We also need to know the date your business was established and the number of people you employ.
How to apply
You may also qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed (LRSG-C) payment. Please apply for an LRSG-C first - we will ask you for some extra information to see if you are also eligible for a Restart Grant.
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What happens next?
If your application is successful the grant payment will be made directly into the bank account you have provided details for. The amount you receive depends on the rateable value of your business premises.
We will tell you by email whether your application has been successful or not.
You must declare any business grant payments you receive as part of the business's tax return.
Are you a Chesterfield Borough Council Business Rates payer?
If you are not sure who to claim from, you can find your local council here.
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