Travel and tourism firms can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 to prepare to return to business, it has been announced.
The grant forms part of the £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, a new Covid-19 support fund designed to “boost tourism in England”.
According to the report, small businesses in tourist destinations can apply for non-repayable grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their business for post-pandemic life.
This includes paying for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, adopting new technology and online systems, or purchasing new equipment.
The new grant fund adds to the existing range of support available for small businesses, including Business Rates Relief, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and grant funding of up to £25,000 available through the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
Welcoming the announcement, Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “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.”
Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Simon Clarke added: “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.”
The news comes after the Government announced that holidaymakers will be free to travel to and from 59 international destinations without having to observe a 14-day quarantine period.