Advice and support for businesses


Omicron hospitality and leisure Grant (OHLG)

The Government’s announcement of additional funding to support hospitality, leisure and cultural businesses will be welcomed by businesses in those sectors.

The funding will supplement the existing efforts we are making to support the local economy. We are committed to see that local businesses receive the funding to which they are entitled and to administer the funds efficiently and fairly.

This grant is available to Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation businesses that are registered for business rates and were trading on 30 December 2021

The types of premises that are eligible include

Hospitality premises:
Cafes, food courts, public houses, pub restaurants, restaurants, roadside restaurants and wine bars.

Excluding:
Food kiosks and businesses whose main business is a takeaway

Leisure premises:
Amusement arcades, including adult gaming centres, bingo halls, bowling alleys, cinemas, clubs and institutions, concert halls, exhibition centres, go kart rinks, indoor riding centres, museums, art galleries, night clubs & discotheques, public halls, soft play centres, stately homes & historic houses, theatres, tourist attractions, village halls, scout huts and wedding venues.

Excluding:
All retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators

Accommodation premises:
Bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, guest and boarding houses, holiday apartments and cottages, holiday homes and hotels.

Excluding:
Education accommodation, residential and care homes, private dwellings

The following businesses are not eligible:
All retail and personal care businesses this includes shops, gyms, leisure centres, barbers, hairdressers and nail bars

Maidstone Borough Council will contact hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses by email to invite them to apply for the grant.

If  you have not been contacted  but feel you do qualify them please email businessrates@midkent.gov.uk

Any business that does not meet the eligibility criteria for this grant and is experiencing difficulty as a result of the pandemic should contact the Maidstone Business Boost Team by emailing MBB@maidstone.gov.uk to find out what other support, including grants, is available.

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