UK Government Kickstart Scheme

Please see below which may be of interest, a link to details of the newly launched UK Government, UK wide Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-apply-for-a-grant-through-the-kickstart-scheme Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, so for smaller businesses the option is to partner with other organisations to […]

Go North Wales Tourism September Trade News

We appreciate that it is an extremely difficult, worrying and complex time for many businesses and individuals across North Wales with the COVID-19 pandemic but as the situation evolves it’s important to know that we are here to support you. We continue to monitor reopening and assess which sectors remain disproportionately affected and what support needs to be extended in the coming winter months. Parliament is in recess and returns on 1 September, however, we have continued to engage with MPs throughout August. If you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to contact us, by email (contacts below), social media channel, online chat on the Trade website or phone. […]

Cultural Recovery Fund

Find out if you are eligible for support from the Cultural Recovery Fund. From Tuesday, 1 September organisations in the culture and heritage sector can find out if they are eligible to apply for financial support from the Welsh Government’s £53 million Cultural Recovery Fund. The new fund will see music venues; recording and rehearsal studios; Heritage organisations and historic attractions; accredited museums and archive services; libraries; events and their technical support suppliers; independent cinemas and the publishing sector being able to bid for a share of £18.5 million. https://gov.wales/find-out-if-you-are-eligible-support-cultural-recovery-fund

Tourism Research

A summary of recent tourism research for Wales and the UK is now available. This includes details of COVID-19 related Welsh Government research, and links to further external sources. https://businesswales.gov.wales/tourism/sites/tourism/files/documents/COVID-19_Tourism_Research_Briefing_2020-08-19_External_EN.pdf

Extending the holiday season to boost tourism businesses

Findings of the Wales Tourism Business COVID-19 Barometer published today show that although Wales has had a busy few weeks in welcoming guests, an extended period of staycations through the autumn is needed to boost business. The Barometer results indicate that 78% of businesses are open with 51% of those open operating at full capacity. Whilst 80% of open self-catering businesses are fully open 43% of serviced accommodation is fully open and that is lower for attractions, hostels and activity providers. Eleven percent of open businesses have had more customers since reopening than they would normally have at this time of year, and 45% have had the same level. However, […]

Telegraph Write-Ups

Some good PR stories for North Wales in the Telegraph recently https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/wales/articles/postcard-from-llandudno/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/wales/articles/secret-north-wales/ (Paywall)