Nigel Holland
Nigel Holland


An emergency fund of up to £40million has been launched to protect Liverpool City Region’s vital hospitality and leisure businesses from the huge economic impact Covid-19 restrictions are having on the sector.

The fund aims to enable viable businesses to continue trading and retain as many jobs as possible; support temporarily closed businesses to top up employees’ wages and remain solvent; and to help lay the ground for economic recovery across the hospitality and leisure sector in the future.

It will be used to help keep businesses in the sector afloat for up to four months, until a wider and more substantial financial support package can be secured from central Government.

The aim is that the first funding will reach applicants within 10 days of applications being approved, with subsequent payments phased over the period of the grant.

A ‘grant application window’ will open at 10.00am on Friday 16 October 2020 and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 October 2020

Detailed eligibility criteria will be available to applicants and will include:

  • Small and micro hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Based in the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral
  • One full time equivalent employee or more
  • Going concern
  • Business to consumer
  • Trading from a commercial premises

Businesses that are Eligible to Apply for the Hospitality & Leisure Grant:

Amusements and visitor attractions(family entertainment centres)Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Art Gallery / Museum (privately owned)Play Centre /Soft Play Centre
BarsPrivate Golf Courses and Driving Ranges
Bowling AlleyPublic House (serving substantive meals)
Café with indoor / outdoor seatingRegistered bed and breakfast accommodation(not Airbnb accommodation)
Camping and Caravan sitesSports Club (e.g. football, rugby)
Gyms, yoga / dance centresTheatre / Cinema / Event Spaces
HotelTrampoline Centre
Ice RinkUrban farm
Leisure centres

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