Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG)
On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. Full guidance providing details of the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) was released on 30 December.
The OHLG scheme provides support to businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and accommodation sector that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed Business Rates-paying premises.
- 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 Sector Businesses
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). Annex A provides an indicative list of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.
Leisure Sector Businesses
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, tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.
Accommodation Sector Businesses
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 will need to provide a copy of a recent business bank statement confirming the details the account the grant will be paid into. Businesses will also need to provide a cumulative total of previous funding received under all Covid-19 business grant schemes.
The scheme will close for applications at 23:59 on 28 February 2022 and all final payments will be made by the authority by the 31 March 2022.