£1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ – pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food – in tiers 2 and 3, who will miss out on much needed business during the busy Christmas period.

The payment will be a one-off for December and will be paid on top on the existing £3,000 monthly cash grants for businesses. This will cover those in tiers 2 and 3 forced to reduce their operations as a result of the latest regional measures put in place to contain transmission of the virus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: “Pubs are at the heart of communities across the country and they have been among the businesses which have suffered the most during the pandemic.

“While we can’t make up for all the trade they will lose over Christmas, I hope this new £1000 grant – on top of the furlough, VAT and business rates relief and existing grants, goes some way to help them weather the economic storm.”

Eligible wet-led pubs in tiers 2 and 3 can apply through their local authority who will be responsible for distributing the grants. The payment will be made once per business for the month of December only.

Our business support specialists in the Hospitality sector remain available to assist businesses during this difficult time. Please contact your usual Beavis Morgan Client Partner or Matthew Burge for further information and business support.

For further details about the Government measures to protect individuals and businesses, visit our COVID-19: Support for UK businesses hub.