Restart Grant

On Wednesday 3 March 2021, as part of the 2021 Budget, the government announced a new Restart Grant to support businesses, which are predominantly reliant on providing in-person services to the general public, to reopen following the current coronavirus national restrictions.

The Restart Grant (RG) will replace the Local Restrictions Support Grant from Thursday 1 April 2021. This support is a one-off grant to be awarded in the financial year 2021-2022.

Important update: This grant scheme closed for applications on Wednesday 30 June 2021.


To qualify for this grant, your business must be in Salford and:

  • predominantly provide in-person services to customers within the following sectors:
    (Further details on the specific businesses within these sectors are listed in the expandable boxes below)
    • Non-essential retail; or
    • Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym and sports businesses.
  • occupying a commercial property and registered as liable for business rates on Thursday 1 April 2021,
  • trading on Thursday 1 April 2021, your business will still be considered trading even if it has been required to close due to government restrictions.
  • has not exceeded subsidy allowance limits (previously known as State Aid)
  • is not in administration, insolvent or has a striking-off notice issued against it.

Grant awards 

Sector Rateable value on 1 April 2021 of £15,000 or less Rateable value on 1 April 2021 of £15,001 to £50,999 Rateable value on 1 April 2021 of £51,000 or more

Non-essential retail




Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym and sports businesses




How to apply?

This scheme closed for applications, in line with government requirements, on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

All applications submitted prior to this date, will be reviewed and if approved will be processed for payment no later than Saturday 31 July 2021.

You should have provided the following supporting evidence with your application:

  • A copy of your most recent business bank statement. This must be dated within the last three months and the same account that you expect the grant to be paid into. It will be used to validate your account details and address.
  • Your business rates bill number. This can be found on your bill. If necessary you can request a copy bill. For easy access to your bill in future, please register for paperless billing. This means you can easily find and store your bill and still have the option to print it or forward a copy to someone if you need to.
  • Your company number. If your business is registered with Companies House, you must provide your company number. You can check this on your certificate of incorporation or find a company number online.
  • Details of previous subsidies received if applying under the Covid-19 Business Grant Allowance or Covid-19 Business Grant Special Allowance. Further guidance is available here.

Details of eligible businesses are listed below, please note this list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this grant fund as per government guidance.

Non-essential retail

A non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public. This will include:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public.
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown.
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown.
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers.

For the purposes of this scheme, a non-essential retail business includes:

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

For the purposes of this scheme, a non-essential retail business excludes:

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


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. This will include:

  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors.

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business includes:

  • cafes
  • food courts
  • pub restaurants
  • pubs
  • restaurants
  • roadside restaurants
  • wine bars

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway. 

Note: Businesses that normally provide in-person services but have adapted to offer takeaway only services, during periods of restrictions, will remain eligible for a Restart Grant.


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. This includes:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods.
  • Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour.
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities.
  • Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends.

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business includes:

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

For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of a leisure business excludes:

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


An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. This includes:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes.
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes.

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business includes:

  • bed and breakfast
  • canal boats or other vessels
  • caravan parks and pitches
  • caravan sites
  • catered holiday homes
  • chalet parks
  • coaching inns
  • country house hotels
  • guest and boarding houses
  • holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • holiday homes
  • hostels
  • hotels
  • lodges

For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of an accommodation business excludes:

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

Gyms and sports

A gym or sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual 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. This includes:

  • Businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public.
  • Businesses that open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee.
  • Businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade.
  • Businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym and sports business includes:

  • cricket centres
  • dance centres
  • dance schools
  • dance studios
  • driving ranges
  • golf courses
  • gymnasia/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 sports centres

For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of a gym or sport business excludes:

  • home gyms
  • home exercise studios
  • home sports courts
  • home sports grounds

Personal care

A personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. This includes:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments.
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings.
  • Businesses that offer close contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment.
  • Businesses that offer services, treatments or activities that require social distancing and cleaning protocols, which have led to a reduction in their capacity to deliver personal care services.

For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business includes:

  • barbers and groomers
  • beauticians and aesthetics
  • beauty salons
  • hairdressing salons
  • holistic therapy including reflexology, massage, acupuncture
  • massage centres
  • massage treatments
  • nail salons
  • other non-surgical treatments
  • piercing and tattoo studios
  • sauna, spas and steam rooms
  • tanning salons

For the purpose of this grant, the definition of a personal care business excludes:

  • 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.

Updated COVID-19 Business Grant Subsidy Allowance

The Restart Grant will be subject to the limits set out in the Updated COVID-19 business support grants subsidy allowance which came into effect on Thursday 4 March 2021, based on the principles set out in Article 3.4 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU. These new rules are the replacement for State aid but do not apply retrospectively.

Before making an application for the Restart grant scheme, please read the guidance on the Subsidy Allowance page. It is your company’s responsibility to check that it is eligible, and by the very submission of an application you are declaring that if awarded payment that you will not exceed the relevant subsidy allowances. You will need to supply further evidence to demonstrate this if you are applying under the Covid-19 Business Grant Allowance or Covid-19 Business Grant Special Allowance and declare you understand and comply with the respective conditions. A template to support this is available on our Subsidy Allowance web page.

If you have any doubt as to your position you must seek appropriate advice before applying as the responsibility lies with the business. You will be required to provide relevant evidence and declare you are within these allowances as part of the Restart Grant application process.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Restart Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Data sharing

We may share or match information provided with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function to prevent and detect fraud.

We are also working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Your data will be shared with them for research and evaluation purposes and you may be contacted by them as part of this research.

Further information can be found at Restart Grant: guidance for local authorities.

This page was last updated on 30 June 2021

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