Omicron Hospitality Scheme to provide support of £40M in Northern Ireland
Land & Property Services has begun contacting hospitality businesses to confirm their details to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made.
Over 3,200 businesses will be eligible for a one-off grant payment of either £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 based on their rateable value. Eligible businesses will include; restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bistros, snack bars, nightclubs, pubs, social clubs and private members clubs.
Businesses are being contacted by email if they previously received a payment under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS). The email will include a link to an online form, where businesses will be asked to confirm some relevant information and complete a declaration in order to enable payments for the Omicron Hospitality Payment Scheme to issue.
These businesses should check their mailbox for this email, including Junk Mail folders.
If there has been no change in a business’s circumstances, the payment should be with the business within 7 to 10 working days of their application, depending on how long the payment takes to clear through the banking system.
If circumstances have changed, Land & Property Services will need to carry out some further validation checks and gather some additional information, which will require additional time to process.
A process has been put in place to allow new hospitality start-up businesses or those that had not previously applied to LRSS to apply for the Omicron Hospitality Payment.
These businesses can apply by downloading an application form from the nibusinessinfo website. This process and the necessary supporting documentation required can be found on the nibusinessinfo website at:
Businesses will have the opportunity to report a change in circumstances since their LRSS payment as part of the application process, such as a change in business premises or a new bank account. In these circumstances, applicant businesses will be required to submit further information about the change and to provide supporting documentation.