Business Impacts of Coronavirus : May 2021

ONS has produced experimental estimates from the voluntary fortnightly business survey (BICS), for single site businesses only, on topics such as trading status, financial performance, workforce and business resilience. Geographical breakdowns include country, regional and local authority levels.

IPS Figures for 2020

ONS has published the final International Passenger Survey figures for 2020. The headline stats are: Overseas residents made 11.1 million visits to the UK in 2020; this was 73% fewer than in 2019 as travel reduced because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Overseas residents spent £6.2 billion on their visits to the UK in 2020; this was 78% less than in 2019.UK residents made 23.8 million visits abroad in 2020, which was 74% fewer than the previous year because of the coronavirus pandemic. UK residents spent £13.8 billion on visits abroad in 2020; this was 78% less than in 2019. On the inbound side, the 78% reduction in expenditure equates for […]

Reminder for businesses

Clarification on who can stay in holiday accommodation From 17 May, Wales moved into Alert Level 2 which means that all holiday accommodation can re-open fully.  However, businesses still need to ensure that their holiday accommodation (which includes hotel rooms, bed and breakfast accommodation, hostel or bunk house dormitory, holiday home, caravans and tents) is only occupied by people in the same household and people in their extended household (or anyone who is a carer of a member of the household).  Updated Hostels Guidance As we look at a phased re-opening, Hostel owners and managers need to be aware of and following the updated guidance for Hostels which can be […]

Pub is the Hub – community grants

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to enable rural pub owners, licensees, and local communities to work together to help support and sustain local services in England, Scotland and Wales. Pub is the Hub’s Community Services Fund will assist projects which support the needs of local communities by using pubs to offer a new service or replace a service that has already been lost, such as a local shop, library, post office or community centre, or encouraging the local sourcing of products, providing school meals, IT training and church services. Funding will support projects where no other local funding for services currently exists. Applications can be submitted at any […]

Business Rates Wales Update Form VO 6048

Of note the many of you will shortly, if you have not yet, be receiving Form VO 6048 from the Valuation Office. It is a legal requirement to fill in this form with ever increasing fines for non-compliance. The purpose of the forms is for the Valuation Office to gather data to try to ensure that the revaluation of all Rateable Values is done based on as much information as possible. WTA Members, PASC UK has very kindly supplied a handy guide on how to fill in this form available on second row down on the right on the page.

Useful Covid Guidance Information

Guidance to help employers and businesses minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces – includes detail relating to accommodation visitors and other businessesTourism and Hospitality Guidance – to help tourism and hospitality businesses operate safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Watch this video to help you find your way around the guidance.Guidance has also been produced and updated in consultation with the Hospitality sector for Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Restaurants and can be viewed on the UK Hospitality websiteA summary of COVID-19 support packages, including funding, legal and workplace guidance available to organisations and businesses in Wales can be found on the Business Wales websiteGuidance to local authorities, approved premises and places of worship on […]

Re-opening and briefing coach operators (and wider travel trade); Guidance on Group Visits and Guided Tours; other related opportunities

We’re all trying to provide a positive and safe welcome, directing coach operators to the correct information and resources; and to try and minimise issues and direct them where we can to lesser known areas/places to visit. Visit Wales have created a re-opening grid to respond to the growing enquiries from coach operators in particular around the full re-opening of tourism in Wales. As well as providing to enquirers, VW have done coach industry webinars and it’s now been published on the Coach Tourism Association website ( Now that more places are re-opening and gathering restrictions are getting slightly clearer we would be really grateful if you could review and […]