£2.5 million issued to Newry, Mourne and Down Businesses – Murphy

Peter Bayne


Peter Bayne



Tuesday 1 February 2022 12:39

£2.5 million has issued to over 220 hospitality businesses in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area under the Department of Finance’s Omicron Hospitality Payment.

Under the scheme, restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bistros, snack bars, nightclubs, pubs, and social clubs are eligible for a one-off grant payment of either £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 based on their rateable value.

Announcing the amount paid out so far under the Omicron Hospitality Payment, the Finance Minister said: “My Department has worked at pace to deliver this scheme and I’m delighted that over £2.5 million has so far issued to hospitality businesses in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. These one-off grants will provide vital support to the hospitality industry which suffered a severe loss of trade as a result of Omicron.”

Land & Property Services (LPS) contacted eligible businesses on Wednesday 19 January to verify their details. A further reminder email issued on Monday 31 January to urge eligible businesses to verify their details as quickly as possible to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made.

Minister Murphy added: “I encourage businesses which still haven’t verified their details to do so quickly to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made.”

The scheme has now been extended to include hotels. Land & Property Services contacted Tourism NI certified hotels by email on Monday 31 January if they previously received a payment under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS). The email included 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.

Commenting on the support for hotels, Minister Murphy said: “Hotels are a vital part of our hospitality industry and have undoubtedly been impacted by Omicron facing cancellations over the festive period.

“I was determined to ensure hotels were not left without support and in the absence of a bid for funding for a scheme to help this sector being brought forward, my Department has again taken the lead and obtained Executive approval to include hotels in the Omicron Hospitality Payment scheme.”

The Executive has also agreed to extend the Omicron Hospitality Payment to include certain sports clubs with a licensed bar or restaurant facility. A maximum one-off £10,000 payment will be available to sports clubs that operate a bar or restaurant, have a liquor license and received less than £50,000 in total from the Department for Communities Sport Sustainability Fund last year. Further information is available on the nibusinessinfo website https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/coronavirus-omicron-hospitality-payment

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