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Tourism Business Updates – Latest Government advice and Links

Discover Yorkshire Coast are following the advice of government guidelines in relation to coronavirus, which can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Scarborough Borough Council is processing grant schemes from 2nd April 2020. There have been over 5000 applications which are expected to take around two weeks to administer - Businesses will be contacted as soon as possible.

Summary of the latest Government advice and links:

  • The Government has announced that from 1April high street businesses will benefit from £22 billion in grants and the business rates package.With grants of up to £25,000 already being paid into bank accounts of high street businesses.
  • The Government has published guidance for businesses on the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Key information includes:

Details on how grants will be provided:

  • Central Government will provide funding to Local Authorities that are responsible for business rate billing. Those Local Authorities will contact eligible businesses to arrange payment of the grants. The business ratepayer will be contacted and receive the funds if they are eligible.

Details on how much funding will be provided to businesses

  • Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all eligible businesses in England in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.
  • Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.
  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

Also covered is eligibility of businesses for both funds, exclusions to the funds, information around fraud and rating list changes. The full guidance is available for download from gov.uk

The situation is changing day by day so please keep checking the tourism business updates on here or the SBC website: www.scarborough.gov.uk on a regular basis.

As a business owner you can speak directly to an advisor by calling the Government helpline on 0300 456 3565. (You may hear a message about ventilators at the beginning, just wait and you will be directed to the business support helpline with various options, it may be better not to select an extension and wait to be put through to an advisor) https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline

If you have not already done so, please let us know if your business is not eligible for any of the grants and we will cite the information in our lobbying communications without breaching any confidentiality.

Please remember we are here to do anything we can to support our tourism businesses, not only today and in the weeks ahead, but also in the future when we will be focusing on how best we can help business to recover as quickly as possible.

Business Support is available...

Scarborough Borough Council

Please see business support from Scarborough Borough Council here

 

Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance

 

The government has issued guidance and criteria on the payment of cash grants for eligible businesses. It is anticipated that the funding will be made available for payment from 1 April 2020 and we aim to make payments in line with this timescale where possible to do so.

Gov.uk

Accommodation Advice: Click Here

Advice for Employers & Employees: Click Here

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Click Here

Business Support Announcement: Click Here

Business Support Website: Click Here

Yorkshire Coast D-Bid

Any business can sign up - 3 months free for non BID businesses and 12 months for levy payers:

www.yorkshirecoastbid.co.uk/shopappy-2/

https://shopappy.com/vendor/

Welcome to Yorkshire

The latest information for businesses from Welcome to Yorkshire is available here: https://industry.yorkshire.com/

#YorkshireTogether: How to adapt your business during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: https://industry.yorkshire.com/archive/news/yorkshiretogether-how-to-adapt-your-business-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Please contact Sarah Barrowby WTY Business Development Executive for any additional support.

sbarrowby@yorkshire.com

07500927284

Welcome to Yorkshire Coronavirus Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/STQK7BL

Tourism Know How

Tourism businesses will be able to access (no charge) an online marketing workshop filled with practical ideas and 'how to' information for immediate use. Relevant businesses can access this at any time from their desk, without going anywhere. Full details on www.tourismknowhow.com

If you're looking for marketing advice and ideas, take a look at www.tourismknowhow.com/ideas

Tourism businesses can also join the very supportive online Tourism Network community - https://tourismnetwork.mn.co/ so they feel less alone. Tourism specialist Susan Briggs, provides regular support through this community.

There is no charge for any of these activities so please do sign up and start to benefit asap

Newsquest

Newsquest are offering free listings on their online directory for any local businesses that are now offering home delivery services.

Visit England/Visit Britain

For advice specific to the tourism industry please click here for the Visit England/Visit Britain site, which has all the latest information on Covid-19 and how Government and its agencies are managing it.

More information is available at www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-new-coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice-for-businesses