Covid-19: Welsh Government urged to listen to North Wales Holiday Let Businesses

North Wales MS Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to support holiday let businesses in North Wales which have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.   Mr Isherwood raised the matter when taking part in yesterday’s virtual Welsh Parliament meeting. Responding the Statement by the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates MS, on the Welsh Government’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mr Isherwood said he has been contacted by several holiday let business owners in North Wales who are worried for their future because of the Welsh Government’s revised criteria for supporting them during the pandemic. Speaking via ‘Zoom’ from his home in North Wales, […]

Trade Update – May 2020

Dear Member, each day brings new headlines about Covid-19 and its impact on our communities and businesses. The safety and wellbeing of our team and our members is always our biggest priority. We have continued to represent you as you navigate your way through this crisis. We have with the full support of our Board been lobbying our MPs, AMs and councils, sharing insights and intelligence into Welsh Government from your feedback and talking with them about strategy for safe reopening. We have been pushing particularly hard on the unfairness experienced by bona fide self-catering accommodation businesses not getting the support they so badly need. This is not a situation […]

Support for Welsh Food and Drink Manufacturers Launched

Food Innovation Wales has launched a tool kit of useful templates and links to support Welsh food and drink manufacturers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Developed in collaboration with the Food & Drink Wales Industry Board, the resource includes over 20 templates which companies can use including observation checklists, visitor and return to work questionnaires, change of use guidance, contingency planning and measures to take when restarting a factory following shutdown. To use the Food Innovation Wales COVID-19 tool kit, visit: To contact Food Innovation Wales for support, please contact: North WalesFood Technology Centre, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai:Paul Roberts: 07810 647432 /

Business leaders in North Wales Call for £3m SME Hardship Fund

Business leaders in North Wales are calling for a new £3 million hardship fund to be set up provide urgent help for companies who don’t qualify for any of the emergency Covid-19 support. The plea has come from the North Wales and Mersey Dee Business Council, the umbrella body for the private sector in the region, who say many firms are falling through the cracks and are on the verge of going bust. Read the full press release here:

Tourism in the COVID-19 crisis webinar

North Wales Tourism has partnered with Equator to bring you a webinar with key actions to focus on in the coming weeks. The webinar will take place on Friday 15th May at 11am and will last 30 minutes with questions at the end. Webinar was recorded if you missed it you can view here Members can dial in but are encouraged to register with name, email and company, those who register will receive a travel whitepaper. Who is Equator? We are a top 5 independent digital transformation agency helping clients like Virgin Active, AXA, IHG, Village Hotels, Butlins, Hotel du Vin and Malmaison take on tomorrow.  Speaker is Martin Jordan, Director […]

North Wales holiday cottage owners praised for generous response to coronavirus crisis

North Wales holiday cottage owners praised for generous response to coronavirus crisis

Key workers in North Wales are praising the generosity of North Wales holiday cottage owners who are housing NHS and other frontline workers free of charge. The holiday cottage owners, whose usual rental income has been completely wiped out by the coronavirus lockdown, have generously donated accommodation to workers who need to self-isolate away from elderly or vulnerable family members in their own homes. Ciando poster for keyworker guests The Ciando accommodation scheme was launched by Menter Môn, a not-for-profit company which works to support rural communities across North Wales. Dafydd Gruffyd, managing director of Menter Môn said: “On the one hand, we were aware of an increasing number of […]