Town Centres across Wales to receive over £24 million

Welsh Government Ministers have announced an additional £24 million package of support to revitalise Wales’ town centres. £18.4 million of Transforming Towns loan funding will breathe new life into old and empty properties.£3.34 million will help high street businesses grow and embrace innovative digital technology that will help their business thrive as part of the Year of SMART Towns.An additional £3 million will be used to incentivise more North Wales businesses to locate in town centres. A separate £3 million North Wales town centres entrepreneurial fund will incentivise new entrepreneurs to locate their businesses within the town centres of Wrexham, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Bangor. The fund comprises grant and […]

Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF2)

Up to £30 million to support Wales’ diverse culture sector through the ongoing pandemic has been announced by Welsh Government. An eligibility checker will go live from midday Wednesday 24 March 2021 via the Business Wales website. The Fund will be open for applications from the week beginning 6 April and will close on the 20 April. Please direct any queries via email to and the CRF Team will aim to respond as soon as possible.

Next Tourism Generation Competition

The Next Tourism Generation in collaboration with Tourism Society Cymru and Planed is giving tourism and hospitality students and 16–25-year-olds working in the tourism sector a chance to win £250.  The competition is open to students enrolled in Wales on courses that have a component relating to tourism or hospitality AND to young people who work in the industry including 16-25 year olds who have been furloughed or recently been made redundant.  English-A4-Next-Tourism-Generation-Competition-2021-posterDownload Full information is available on the website: Deadline to apply is midnight Friday 30 April 2021 

Let’s Shape the Future

Published today – “Let’s Shape the Future: working in partnership to reconstruct a resilient future for the visitor economy in Wales” A new recovery plan for the tourism, hospitality and events sector has now been published. Developed in consultation with the Tourism Taskforce and informed by wide-ranging conversation with other important groups, stakeholders and businesses across the sector, the plan includes a shared partnership framework of essential themes around which interventions will be built to support businesses through short to medium-term recovery. The 8 essential themes include: Supporting business.Valuing people.Reopening safely.Rebuilding consumer confidence.Stimulating and managing demand.Developing local visitor economies.Transforming the sector to be more resilient.Developing tailored recovery plans. Given the […]

Coronavirus control plan: revised alert levels in Wales (March 2021)

Describes changes to alert levels taking account of vaccination and the dominant Kent strain. The updated Coronavirus Control Plan sets out the following phased steps for moving from alert level four into alert level three: From Monday 22 March: First phased opening of non-essential retail – restrictions on the sale of items will be lifted for shops, which are currently open;Garden centres re-open. From Saturday 27 March: Next week, Ministers will confirm if the conditions allow for the following relaxations to come into force: Stay local requirement lifted, moving Wales into alert level three;First phased opening of the tourism sector as self-contained accommodation opens;Organised outdoor children’s activities resume;Limited opening of […]