Published: 3rd Jul 2020

The government has announced small businesses in tourist destinations will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, local government minister Simon 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 £10m Kick-Starting Tourism Package is supported by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020. Businesses can use the funding to pay for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. All of the money will come from central government with no obligation for businesses to contribute … (To read the full article, subscribe below)