AVA reminder on new Restart Grants

The Automatic Vending Association has sent out a reminder about new government grant funding to support businesses in England. This is in addition to the £425 million added to the Additional Restrictions Grants scheme, effective from 1 April.

Businesses in England in the non-essential retail sector are now eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000, while businesses in the hospitality (including foodservice, catering & vending), accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors, which are reopening later, will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £18,000. The £5 billion of government funding available through the Restart Grants scheme will be delivered by local authorities.

Vending businesses should be aware of the following:

• The new Restart Grants scheme provides funding of up to £18,000 to eligible businesses

• A call has been issued to all 314 local authorities across England to deliver new COVID grants to businesses in good time and take a flexible approach to updated restrictions

• A joint letter from Small Business Minister Paul Scully and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston thanks councils for supporting businesses but highlights urgency of ongoing support

Full detail and links to your Local Authority can be found here