Friday, 3 July 2020

£10 million for small businesses to kickstart tourism

The UK Government has announced that communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package.

The Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Simon Clarke MP made the announcement on Friday 3rd July,  the same day the government published a list of countries that people can arrive from and not require a 14-day quarantine period.

Speaking at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, Clarke confirmed the new funding will be distributed to communities immediately to kick start tourism in time for the summer as part of the government’s drive to boost the recovery of the economy.

The £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, aims to give small businesses in tourist destinations grants of up to £5,000 each to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic. They can then use the cash to pay for specialist professional advice, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. 100% of the money will come from the government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

Simon Clarke said:  "When the Prime Minister announced the New Deal, he made it clear that the government is determined to change the country for the better, uniting and  levelling up our regions. Kick-starting domestic tourism will be key to our economic recovery and that is why I am delighted to announce £10 million in new funding for small businesses in tourist destinations, bringing jobs, investment, and financial support to the communities who need it the most."

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "Our tourism sector is hugely important - creating jobs, supporting businesses and driving local economies in villages, towns and cities across the country. It is vital that we help the sector bounce back and give it the platform to recover when it reopens from tomorrow.

This fund will help many small businesses in tourism destinations and with the infrastructure investment brought forward will provide a further boost for jobs and growth."

Today’s funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) builds on the success of the government’s £32 million ERDF investments in tourism-boosting projects across the country that are providing benefits in local areas now. Live projects include £1 million to support coastal improvements in Cornwall and £4.2 million to help the Lake District meet its low carbon ambitions.

Minister Clarke has also confirmed that over £50 million ERDF funding for shovel-ready infrastructure projects will now be accelerated and distributed later in the summer and autumn. The funding is for projects already in development which will boost local economies and visitor numbers, create jobs and promote investment.

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