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Restart Grant eligibility

Types of business and their definitions

Non-essential retail:

A business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

Eligibility will be assessed using these criteria:


A business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

Eligibility will be assessed using these criteria:


A business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Eligibility will be assessed using these criteria:


A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

Eligibility will be assessed using these criteria:

Personal Care:

A business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

Eligibility will be assessed using these criteria:

Sports and Gym:

A commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

Eligibility will be assessed using these criteria:

Types of businesses eligible

This table sets out types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for the Restart Grant scheme. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

Support type Type of businesses eligible
Non-essential retail Betting offices
Departmental stores
Markets (other than livestock)
Sales kiosks
Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
Tobacco and vape stores
Antiques stores
Sales offices
Travel agents
Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
Clothes shops
Book shops
Stationery shops
Gift shops
Make-up shops
Auction rooms
Car auction
Car showrooms
Car supermarkets
Car washes (standalone)
Car/caravan Sales/display/hiring Sites
Charity shops
Carpet stores
Furniture shops
Sofa shops
Homeware shops
Plant nurseries
Animal groomers
Sweet shops
Photography studios
Hospitality Food courts
Public houses/pub restaurants
Roadside restaurants
Wine bars
Leisure Bingo halls
Bowling alleys
Casinos and gambling clubs
Ice rinks
Museums and art galleries
Roller skating rings
Stately homes & historic houses
Zoos & safari parks
Amusement parks
Pleasure piers
Conference centres
Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
Wedding venues
Events venues
Heritage railways
Public halls
Night clubs & discotheques
Hostess bars
Sexual entertainment venues
Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
Concert halls
Go kart rinks
Model villages
Tourist attractions
Miniature railways
Theme parks
Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
Animal attractions at farms
Wildlife centres
Botanical gardens
Visitor attractions at film studios
Soft play centres or areas
Indoor riding centres
Clubs & institutions
Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.
Accommodation Caravan parks
Caravan sites and pitches
Chalet parks
Coaching inns
Country house hotels
Guest & boarding houses
Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
Boarding houses
Canal boats or other vessels
Catered holiday homes
Holiday homes
Personal care Spas, sauna and steam rooms
Tanning salons
Nail salons
Massage centres, massage treatments
Tattoo and piercing studios
Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
Hairdressing salons
Barbers, groomers
Beauty salons
Beauticians, aesthetics
Other non-surgical treatments
Sports and gym Dance schools and centres
Dance studios
Gymnasia/fitness suites
Cricket centres
Ski centres
Sports and leisure centres
Outdoor sports centres
Outdoor adventure centres
Squash courts
Tennis centres
Sports courts
Swimming pools
Shooting and archery venues
Driving ranges
Water sport centres
Golf courses

Types of business excluded

This table sets out types of businesses that are excluded from the Restart Grant scheme.

Support type Type of businesses excluded
Non-essential retail

Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents
Building merchants
Petrol stations
Vehicle repair and MOT services
Bicycle shops
Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
Laundrettes and dry cleaners
Medical practices
Agricultural supply shops
Garden centres
Mobility support shops

Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
Education providers including tutoring services
Banks, building societies and other financial providers
Post offices
Funeral directors
Employment agencies and businesses
Office buildings
Automatic car washes
Storage and distribution facilities

Hospitality Businesses whose main service is a takeaway or food kiosk  
Leisure All retail businesses
Coach tour operators
Tour operators
Accommodation Private dwellings
Education accommodation
Residential homes
Care homes
Residential family centres
Beach huts
Personal care Businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services
Businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
Businesses providing dental services
Audiology services
Other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health
Sports and gym Home gyms
Home exercise studios
Home sports courts
Home sports grounds

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