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Restart Grant business types

Restart grants are available to business that fall into specific business sectors.

Below are definitions of the different business sectors eligible for this grant, along with examples of the sorts of business that can apply, and details of business types that are specifically excluded.

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. 


Restart Grant business sectors

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A business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

For example: 

  • animal groomers
  • antiques stores
  • auction rooms
  • betting offices
  • book shops
  • car auctions
  • car showrooms and car supermarkets
  • car washes (standalone)
  • car/caravan sales/display/hiring sites
  • carpet stores
  • charity shops
  • clothes shops
  • department stores
  • electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • florists
  • furniture and sofa shops
  • gift shops
  • homeware shops
  • jewellers
  • make-up shops
  • markets (other than livestock)
  • photography studios
  • plant nurseries
  • sales kiosks
  • sales offices
  • showrooms, such as kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
  • stationery shops
  • sweet shops
  • tobacco and vape stores
  • travel agents

Specifically excluded:

  • agricultural supply shops
  • animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • automatic car washes
  • banks
  • bicycle shops
  • breweries
  • building merchants
  • building societies and other financial providers
  • chemists
  • convenience stores
  • corner shops
  • education providers including tutoring services
  • employment agencies and businesses
  • food markets
  • food retailers
  • funeral directors
  • garden centres
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical practices
  • mobility support shops
  • newsagents
  • off licences
  • office buildings
  • petrol stations
  • pharmacies
  • post offices
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • supermarkets
  • taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • vehicle repair and MOT services
  • veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • wholesalers

A business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

For example:

  • cafes
  • food courts
  • public houses
  • pub restaurants
  • restaurants
  • roadside restaurants
  • wine bars

Specifically excluded: food kiosks and businesses whose main service 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).

A business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

For example:

  • bed and breakfasts (B and Bs)
  • boarding houses
  • campsites
  • canal boats or other vessels
  • caravan parks
  • caravan sites and pitches
  • catered holiday homes
  • chalet parks
  • coaching inns
  • cottages or bungalows
  • country house hotels
  • guest houses
  • holiday apartments
  • holiday homes
  • hostels
  • hotels
  • lodges

Specifically excluded: 

  • beach huts
  • care homes
  • education accommodation
  • private dwellings
  • residential family centres
  • residential homes

A business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

For example:

  • barbers and groomers
  • beauty salons beauticians
  • hairdressing salons
  • holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
  • massage centres
  • massage treatments
  • nail salons
  • spas, sauna and steam rooms
  • tanning salons
  • tattoo and piercing studios

Specifically excluded:

  • businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services
  • businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
  • businesses providing:
    • dental services
    • opticians
    • audiology services
    • chiropody
    • chiropractors
    • osteopaths and other medical or health services (including services which incorporate personal care services)
    • treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health

A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.

For example:

  • amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
  • amusement parks and theme parks
  • animal attractions at farms, aquaria, zoos and safari parks
  • arenas and concert halls
  • bingo halls, casinos and gambling clubs
  • botanical gardens
  • bowling alleys
  • cinemas and theatres
  • circuses
  • clubs and institutions
  • conference centres, events venues, and exhibition centres including for use as
  • go kart rinks
  • heritage railways
  • hostess bars
  • ice rinks and roller skating rings
  • indoor riding centres
  • miniature railways and model villages
  • museums and art galleries
  • night clubs and discotheques
  • pavilions and pleasure piers
  • public halls, village halls, scout huts, cadet huts etc
  • sexual entertainment venues
  • shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
  • soft play centres or areas
  • stately homes and historic houses
  • tourist attractions, visitor attractions at film studios
  • wedding venues

Specifically excluded:

  • all retail businesses
  • coach tour operators
  • tour operators
  • telescopes 

A commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

For example:

  • cricket centres
  • dance schools, centres and dance studios
  • golf courses and driving ranges
  • gyms and fitness suites
  • outdoor adventure centres
  • outdoor sports centres
  • shooting and archery venues
  • ski centres
  • sports and leisure centres
  • sports courts
  • squash courts
  • swimming pools
  • tennis centres
  • water sport centres
  • wildlife centres

Specifically excluded: home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds


Last updated on 01 April 2021