Go North Wales Tourism April Trade News

We appreciate that it remains to be an extremely difficult, worrying and complex time for many businesses and individuals across North Wales with the COVID-19 pandemic but please remember that we are here to support you. We continue to monitor the circumstances as they are developing and also continue to engage with MPs and MSs, lobbying on issues on your behalf and making sure your voice is heard. We’ve also continued to carry out activities in preparation to when restrictions are lifted through: Attendance at Virtual Exhibitions and Trade Shows,Organising of webinars covering topics on marketing and digital, customer care, revenue management;Lobbying on issues affecting the industryConducting Press and PR […]

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fourth grant

The fourth grant will be available from late April 2021 until 31 May 2021. If you are eligible, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you your personal claim date. This will be the date that you can make your claim from. More information is available on the link below https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension

Cultural Recovery Fund Grant

The aim of this second phase of funding is to protect sustainable cultural sector businesses and organisations and as many jobs in the sector as possible. The sector includes theatres, music venues, recording and rehearsal spaces, heritage attractions, heritage organisations, museums, libraries, galleries, archives, independent cinemas, comedy venues and events. The funding is to cover the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. The Fund will be open for applications from the week beginning 6 April and close on the 20 April. The timing for the Fund for freelancers will be announced separately. Use the eligibility checker – https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/culturep2

Revenue Management

Andrea Knox from Knox Commercial & Insolvency Solicitorsand Jeremy Salisbury from Salisbury’s Chartered Accountant recently hosted a webinar on Revenue Management as part of its second session of Re-igniting the North Wales Visitor Economy series of events. During the session, areas covered included Cash Flow Management – debtor management and avoiding bad debts in the first place. You can now view the recording of the webinar here

Regional and Local Tourism Profiles

A summary of key tourism statistics at regional and local levels for 2017-2019 is available on the Welsh Government website. These reports bring together findings from key tourism surveys, with additional analysis by region and local authority areas within Wales. https://gov.wales/regional-and-local-tourism-profiles-2017-2019 tourism-profile-wales-local-authorities-2011-19Download tourism-profile-north-wales-2017-2019Download tourism-profile-mid-wales-2017-2019Download

Restrictions Business Fund – Reminder

The Restrictions NDR-linked business fund will close on Wednesday 31st March at 5pm. Where feasible, eligible businesses that have previously received ‘Restrictions’ grant will receive automatic payments, however please go to Restrictions Business Fund on your respective LA website to access updated guidance and a web application form. https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/restrictions-business-fund Link to individual LA sites is below: Anglesey – https://www.anglesey.gov.uk/en/Business/Business-Finance-and-Grants/Restrictions-Business-Fund-March-2021.aspx Conwy – https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Business/Restrictions-Business-Fund/Restrictions-Business-Fund.aspx Denbighshire – https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/coronavirus/restrictions-business-fund-ndr-linked-grants-march-2021.aspx Flintshire – https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Business/Business-Rates/Business-Rates.aspx Gwynedd – https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Businesses/Help,-support-and-training/Cronfeydd-Busnes-Cyfyngiadau-Chwefror-2021-Llywodraeth-Cymru.aspx Wrexham – https://www.wrexham.gov.uk/service/covid-19-support-businesses/restrictions-business-fund

Welsh Government ease restrictions

Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, will be able to reopen to people from the same household or support bubble. The stay local rule will be replaced by an interim all-Wales travel area, which will remain in place until April 12, subject to the public health situation. For the next two weeks, only those with a reasonable excuse, such as work, will be able to travel into or out of Wales.  The current restrictions on international travel for holidays will remain in place.Other changes include: Six people from two different households, excluding children under 11, will be able to meet and exercise outdoors and in […]