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The Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up Scheme provides financial support of up to £10,000 to businesses that received the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020 and have not been paid under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme or Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B, subject to some exclusions.

This grant will cover a wide range of businesses across retail, hospitality, tourism, leisure and manufacturing. The business must have been open and trading on 1 March 2021 to be eligible for a top-up payment.

The Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up will be awarded in line with the following financial regulations:

Payments to businesses which received the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020

Businesses which received the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020 have been automatically assessed for eligibility for the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up. They do not need to apply, unless advised to do so by LPS grants team.

Automatic payments to eligible businesses

If LPS did not require further information to confirm that a business was eligible for the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up, their grant payment was issued in late May to the bank account that was used for payment of the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020.

These businesses received an email or a letter to confirm that the grant payment has been issued, as well as a remittance email or letter.

Businesses which are are not eligible for the Top-Up

Businesses which are considered as ineligible for this grant will not receive an automatic top up payment. This includes businesses which already received more than £10,000 through the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme, the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme or the Large Tourism and Hospitality Business Support Grant.

Businesses which received the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020 who are required to apply for the Top-Up

Some businesses will be required to provide further information to verify their eligibility before they can be considered for a top-up payment. This includes businesses occupying rental premises and businesses which may have moved premises since they received their grant payment in 2020. These businesses should use the online form below to apply for the Top-Up Grant.

If your business is still operating from the same premises you occupied when your £25,000 grant payment was paid in 2020 and you have received an email from the grants team to advise you to apply, you should apply using the Application ID that was provided in your email.

If you have moved premises since your £25,000 grant payment was paid in 2020 and you have received an email from the grants team to advise you to apply, do not enter your Application ID but choose your new address on the online form.

Apply for the Top-Up Grant


Businesses which did not receive the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020

Businesses which started trading after applications for the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant closed in May 2020, which would have been eligible for this grant, can apply for the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant Top-Up using the online form below. These businesses will not be required to provide an Application ID as part of the application process.

Apply for the Top-Up Grant


How much will eligible businesses receive?

Most businesses which are eligible for the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up will receive a one-off grant of £10,000.

Some businesses will receive less than £10,000 if they have already received less than £10,000 through the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme or the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B. In these circumstances, the value of the payments issued through the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme or the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B will be deducted from the £10,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up.

Further information

Queries about the scheme can be sent to the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up Team using the online contact forms only. If you have bee asked to apply for the top-up payment please use the application contact form as this helps LPS to associate your query with your application.