South Norfolk: Council cash boost for hospitality trade

Young woman with a face mask on standing at the door of a cafe

Hospitality businesses in South Norfolk will soon be able to claim up to £2,100 for loss of revenue due to the effects of the Omicron variant of COVID 19.

Organisations paying business rates will be able to apply to South Norfolk Council for the grant if they believe that loss of group bookings in December 2021 will result in a loss of more than 20% of their anticipated revenue.

South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Economy, Councillor Lisa Neal, said:

“Our hospitality businesses have been hit harder than most during this pandemic and Christmas should be their busiest and most profitable time of year. If bookings are down or have been cancelled because of the new variant, then they should contact us to see if they 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.

There is also money available to other businesses that are being significantly impacted, including those of a similar nature to the above but not separately rated, those heavily dependent on foreign travel and those directly in the supply chain to the above catering businesses.

Councillor Neal added:

“This is the time when our hospitality businesses usually thrive, catering for office parties, family get-togethers, Christmas drinks, weddings and more. If you are in the hospitality business or are supplying those businesses and have been significantly affected, then please get in touch.”

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

More information about the grant and how to apply will be advertised on the Council’s website over the coming days.

Published: 16 December 2021