About Eirlys Jones

Eirlys is the Commercial Director at North Wales Tourism and can be contacted at eirlys.jones@gonorthwales.org.uk or connect with her on LinkedIn you can also follow her on Twitter @EirlysJones5

COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Business Support – December 2021 – February 2022 Eligibility Checker

The ERF is targeted at businesses in the hospitality, leisure and attraction sectors and their supply chains who have been materially impacted by a greater than 60% reduction of turnover between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022. The funds seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales. The ERF will support: Businesses impacted between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022 and closed by regulations from 26th December 2021.Event Space and attractions materially impacted between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022.Other businesses with greater than 50% impact on turnover between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022. And (applies […]

Emergency Covid Financial Support Including Newly Established Businesses

In late December WG issued statements about the £120m financial support that has been made available for businesses impacted by Omicron, they are now able to confirm that subject to meeting the eligibility criteria the funding will also be available to newly established businesses. The Welsh Government recognises that there is a need to support those who started a new business in the summer months.The funding will provide a potential lifeline to those who have recently established their business and help them to continue trading through the period 13 December 2021 to 14 February 2022 despite being impacted by the spread of Omicron. To be eligible businesses must have been […]

Regional Economic Frameworks – Publication

How each region of Wales is working towards a common set of economic priorities. The Framework for North Wales has been informed by extensive engagement with stakeholders and has been fully endorsed for publication by the Economic Ambition Board. Further and final consideration, by the individual Local Authorities and other partners, will continue into January. https://gov.wales/written-statement-regional-economic-frameworks-publication

£120m financial support for businesses in Wales impacted by Omicron

Yesterday the First Minister confirmed that the Welsh Government would be making £120m available for nightclubs, events, retail, hospitality, leisure, tourism businesses and their supply chains impacted by the move to alert level two – double the £60m package announced last week. The Business Wales website will be updated as the schemes role out and as quickly as possible. The funding will take the form of three elements. Non Domestic Rates (NDR) linked grants of up to £6,000. Businesses will need to re-register their details through a quick and easy online process in order to receive their payments. Registration will open via local authority websites from the 10 January 2022. […]

Updated Regulations and FAQs

Please be advised that the Regulations and Alert Level 2 FAQs have been updated and published.  See below links. The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (no.5) (Wales) (Amendment) (no.25) Regulations 2021 https://gov.wales/health-protection-coronavirus-restrictions-no-5-wales-amendment-no-25-regulations-2021 Alert level 2: frequently asked questions Guidance on how you can keep safe and what rules are in place to protect people at alert level 2. https://gov.wales/alert-level-2-frequently-asked-questions UK Hospitality Guidance – https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/coronavirus#Wales%20section

New measures will be introduced from 6am on Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe

The measures are a revised version of alert level 2 to respond to the new omicron variant and are designed to help keep businesses open and trading and protect customers and staff.  The regulations bring back protections in hospitality businesses, including licensed premises, and in cinemas and theatres when they re-open after the festive period.  Strengthened guidance will be issued to help people stay safe in their own homes and when meeting others.  £120 million will be available for nightclubs, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the move to alert level 2 – double the new £60 million package announced last week.  The Economy Minister will announce further […]

Retail, leisure and hospitality ratepayers in Wales will receive 50% non-domestic rates relief for the duration of 2022-23

Like the scheme announced by the UK Government, the Welsh Government’s Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief scheme will be capped at £110,000 per business across Wales. WG approach means that businesses in Wales will receive comparable support to that provided in other parts of the UK. https://gov.wales/written-statement-non-domestic-rates-relief-businesses-2022-23

Creation of a Sustainability Group

Following a recent board meeting and correspondence with a number of members we are looking to establish a private sector advisory group on Sustainability within the Tourism & Hospitality Sector.If this is something of interest to you and you would like to be part of the group, please let us know by emailing eirlys.jones@gonorthwales.org.uk in order that we can include you on our database.  We will be hosting an exploratory meeting on the 20th of January with venue and further details to be confirmed in the New Year. 

New advice to keep Wales safe this Christmas

The First Minister will today set out a two-phase plan to respond to the current delta variant and the new, fast-moving, easily-transmissible omicron variant, which is expected to be the dominant form of the virus in the UK by the end of the month.  The Welsh Government is issuing strong guidance to support people across Wales through the Christmas period.  To stay safe in the run-up to Christmas, WG strongly advises everyone follows these simple measures:  Get vaccinated – and if you have had your booster appointment, please make this your priority. If you are going out, going Christmas shopping or visiting people – flow before you go. Take a lateral […]

Wales will remain at alert level zero after the latest review of the COVID regulations

The First Minister will say, at his regular 21-day review press conference, to be held on Friday (December 10), that even though only a handful of cases of Omicron have so far been confirmed in Wales, we must be prepared for cases to rise quickly and sharply. The First Minister will ask people to take regular lateral flow tests before going out and to wear face coverings in all public places to help protect people in the lead up to Christmas. Wales will remain at alert level zero after the latest review of the COVID regulations. However, with the spread of the Omicron variant, the Welsh Government is strongly advising: […]