‘Above and beyond’ support for hospitality sector

Lockdown and Tier 3 restrictions this year have been incredibly difficult for local businesses as their ability to trade has been limited.

More grants are now available to help these businesses survive winter and North Somerset Council is going above and beyond to support the hospitality sector, which has been hit especially hard.

Extra funding for hospitality this Christmas

‘Wet-led’ pubs that do not serve food are set to receive £1,000 support grant from the government – but North Somerset Council is extending this to all pubs, restaurants and cafes in the area.

Wet-led pubs are premises where more than 50 per cent of turnover is from the sale of beverages.

The government has said it will give these businesses £1,000 in extra funding, but in North Somerset this would only help a relatively small number of businesses.

In response, North Somerset Council will be contacting more than 300 pubs, restaurants and cafes across the area to offer payments during December, January and February.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to claim £3,000 in total, at £1,000 each month for December, January and February.

Cafes with between one and ten employees will be able to claim £500 for each of the three months, and cafes employing 11 or more people will be able to claim £1,000 a month.

If you run such a business and haven’t received an email or letter by 23 December and believe you are eligible, contact the Business Grants team at businessgrants@n-somerset.gov.uk

If you own a business and still haven’t applied for any grants from the second lockdown, or if your business was not able to re-open during the Tier 3 restrictions, then visit the InNorthSomerset website to see what funding is available.

Financial help for families

No child should go hungry – this winter or ever – so if you’re struggling financially due to coronavirus then help is available.

Children who get free school meals will get vouchers to cover the Christmas school holidays.

The scheme is also available to pre-schoolers and care leavers.

Extra support is also available through the Welfare Provision Scheme including financial support for essentials such as utility bills, bedding, furniture, white goods, clothing, footwear, food and toiletries.

The scheme is being funded thanks to a £500,000 grant to North Somerset Council.

Find out more and how to apply on the council’s website.