Re-opening of self-contained holiday accommodation

Options for reopening and a final decision will be made at the next review of the regulations on 25 March. Bookings can be made for stays from 27 March, but this is at people’s own risk and they should check with the accommodation provider before they book. This includes: Hotels and other serviced accommodation (e.g. B&Bs, hostels, etc.) that do provide en-suite rooms and can provide room service meals.Other accommodation that is entirely self-contained (e.g. self-catering cottages, apartments, etc.)Glamping or any other accommodation with ensuite shower/bath, WC and kitchen facilitiesHoliday caravans, Touring caravans (including seasonal),  motorhomes and campervans where they have their own on-board shower, WC and kitchen facilities Caravan & Touring […]

Restrictions Business Fund – Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) Linked Grants

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 12 March, two new Non Domestic Rate linked grants are being introduced: The additional support will help businesses in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail sectors that pay non-domestic rates and will operate as a top up to the Restrictions Business Fund.This will see an eligible business with a rateable value of £12,000 or less receive an extra £4,000 grant payment.Firms with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £500,000 will receive £5,000.The funding, which will help businesses with their costs up to 31 March 2021, will be available to firms regardless of the number of employees and ensures micro businesses benefit from […]

WG Briefing – 12 March 21

The “stay at home” rule is replaced by “stay local” guidance from tomorrow. The new stay local rule will mean people can leave their homes and travel within their local area – usually within 5 miles. Local outdoor sports facilities will also be opened. The 5-mile rule of thumb will be set out in guidance – people living in some parts of Wales, especially rural areas, may need to travel further than 5 miles to access shops and other public services. From Saturday 13 March: No more than 4 people from 2 households will be able to meet in their local area outdoors, including in gardens. Children under 11 and […]

Covid-19 and Non-Domestic Rates Relief for Businesses in 2021-22

All retail, leisure and hospitality businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of up to £500,000 will receive 100% non-domestic rates relief for the duration of 2021-22. This enhanced retail, leisure and hospitality relief scheme, in combination with WG existing Small Business Rates Relief scheme, will ensure that over 70,000 businesses in Wales will pay no rates at all in 2021-22. Businesses in the leisure and hospitality sectors with a rateable value of over £500,000 will also received 100% rates relief for 2021‑22, recognising the acute impact the pandemic has had on these sectors. The scheme will operate in the same manner as it did in 2020-21, with local authorities […]

Re-igniting the North Wales visitor economy

Go North Wales have developed a series of events to help tourism and hospitality businesses with their post Covid recovery by looking at various aspects of everyday business activity. Session 1 : Engaging with your customers to build a firm foundation for the year aheadA one-hour webinar from hospitality specialist Melanie cash, introducing you to ways you can consider the customer journey in your business, how to focus on key areas to develop this further, introduce new processes and approaches to help you enhance customer engagement and be more successful in the year ahead.Thursday 18th March 2021 at 10amTo Book click here  Session 2 : Revenue Management Solutions to help the Tourism Hospitality and […]

National Form and Value report into UK Self-Catering

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and the Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK (PASC UK) have commissioned Frontline Consultants to carry out an Economic Impact Assessment of the Self-Catering Industry in the UK. The study will consider the economic impact of all visits made to self-catering providers in the UK and will provide a country by country and area by area breakdown of this expenditure.  It will: assess expenditure by property-owners and managers, and visitors in the local economyprovide an independent, evidence-based, understanding of the direct and indirect economic impact/contribution of the self-catering sector in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Englandestimate the full-time equivalent jobs supported by the sectorassess the […]

Wales Grant Survey

PASC UK have put together a Wales Grant Survey to try to understand how many self catering businesses have received which Grants, and how many have not. The information provided will allow a comparison between the countries of the UK and by Wales Local Authority. The deadline for completion is next Tuesday 9th March at 1700.

Town Centres in Wales to benefit from £15.2 million placemaking fund

The new funding package, available to all of Wales’s Local Authorities, is designed to be as flexible as possible and will offer support for a wide range of projects, from green infrastructure developments and the creation of active travel routes, to internal and external improvements for business owners.