Further financial support to hard-hit hospitality sector

Norwich businesses in the hospitality, leisure and travel sectors can now claim up to £2,000 for loss of revenue due to the effects of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Micro, small and medium-sized organisations in these sectors, paying business rates, will be able to apply to Norwich City Council for the grant if they believe they have been impacted by the introduction of the plan B restrictions brought in by government on the 8 December.

Leader of Norwich City Council, Councillor Alan Waters said:

“We’ve been responding to the needs of businesses since the start of the pandemic and are stepping up again with this new grant.

Christmas is often the busiest time of the year for many hospitality businesses, but the new variant has meant, understandably, many people have cancelled plans and bookings are down. If you are a city business in this position, please see if you are eligible for a grant.”

The funding is available to public houses, restaurants, cafes, hotels, wedding and other function venues generally open to the public, as well as those involved in the travel or leisure industry.

Business must have been as trading before 8 December 2021 and employ fewer than 250 people.

The funding comes from the Government’s Additional Restrictions Support Grant allocated to Norwich.

Other support available

Our Business Growth Grant is also still open for applications. Again, this is for micro, small or medium-sized businesses, but in any sector – not limited to the hospitality, leisure and travel. You also don’t have to have formal fixed or registered business premises with a rateable value to be eligible for this scheme.

This scheme provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 – up to 50 per cent of the cost – to fund improvements to businesses.

For more information and to apply for either scheme: www.norwich.gov.uk/BusinessGrants

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