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Business categorisation for the purposes of grant funding thresholds

Non-essential retail (up to £6,000)


  • Betting offices
  • Departmental stores
  • Markets (other than livestock)
  • Sales kiosks
  • Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
  • Tobacco and vape stores
  • Antiques stores
  • Sales offices
  • Travel agents
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Book shops
  • Auction rooms
  • Car auction
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Car/caravan
  • Sales/display/hiring Sites
  • Charity shops
  • Carpet stores
  • Furniture shops
  • Sofa shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Florists
  • Plant nurseries
  • Jewellers
  • Stationery shops
  • Gift shops
  • Make-up shops
  • Animal groomers
  • Sweet shops
  • Photography studios

Hospitality (up to £18,000)


  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafes

Leisure (up to £18,000) 


  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Ice rinks
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Roller skating rings
  • Stately homes & historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos & safari parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Pleasure piers
  • Pavilions
  • Conference centres
  • Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Heritage railways
  • Public halls
  • Night clubs & discotheques
  • Hostess bars
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
  • Arenas
  • Concert halls
  • Go kart rinks
  • Model villages
  • Tourist attractions
  • Aquaria
  • Miniature railways
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
  • Animal attractions at farms
  • Wildlife centres
  • Botanical gardens
  • Circus
  • Visitor attractions at film studios
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs & institutions
  • Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.

Accommodation (up to £18,000) 


  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest & boarding houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodges
  • Holiday apartments,
  • Cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B&Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

Personal care Spas, sauna and steam rooms Hairdressing salons (up to £18,000) 


  • Tanning salons
  • Nail salons
  • Massage centres, massage treatments
  • Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
  • Barbers, groomers
  • Beauty salons
  • Beauticians, aesthetics
  • Other non-surgical treatments

Gyms & sport (up to £18,000) 


  • Dance schools and centres
  • Dance studios
  • Gymnasia/fitness suites
  • Cricket centres
  • Ski centres
  • Sports and leisure centres
  • Outdoor sports centres
  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis centres
  • Sports courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Shooting and archery venues
  • Driving ranges
  • Water sport centres
  • Golf courses

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