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Advice for Tourism & Event businesses affected by COVID-19

Support is available. Through the COVID-19 Destination Management Resilience Scheme we have been encouraged and enabled to share information, advice and guidance with our Northamptonshire tourism partners. We will regularly update this page.

Support and advice for all Northamptonshire businesses is available from the Growth Hub: https://www.semlepgrowthhub.com 

Support specifically for tourism businesses is also available, from Visit Britain, who regularly share practical advice as soon as it becomes available. 
All announcements can be found here: https://www.visitbritain.org/business-advice

 

  • Phone or Click & Collect – shop local during lockdown

    Phone or Click & Collect – shop local during lockdown

    13th November 2020

    Northampton's Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) is offering shoppers and town centre businesses a ‘Phone or Click & Collect’ service during this month's lockdown. 

    The collection point will be at number 64 St Giles Street, Northampton.

    This Phone or Click & Collect service enables people to continue to shop locally and safely in Northampton town centre, despite the closure of businesses during lockdown. It also enables businesses to continue trading – despite most having to close to customers.

    Customers should contact businesses directly to shop, order and pay. Once they have placed their orders customers collect their orders within 48 hours from the BID’s ‘Phone or Click & Collect’ collection point.

    More info here: https://www.discovernorthampton.co.uk/phone-or-click-collect/

  • Updates for businesses affected by the Lockdown starting November 5th

    Updates for businesses affected by the Lockdown starting November 5th

    11th November 2020

    Updates for businesses affected by the Lockdown starting November 5th Visit England have shared the following updates which should be of interest to Northamptonshire businesses.  National restriction guidance  The national restriction guidance has been updated with further information and clarifications. Below please find areas that will be of interest to tourism businesses. The guidance for those currently on holiday has been updated: if you were already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical and comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirements in your holiday accommodation in the meantime.  Further updates to businesses and venues that can remain open, these now include: Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.  Outdoor grounds of botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks (indoor... Read More »

  • Food and drink awards are finally served up

    Food and drink awards are finally served up

    21st July 2020

    The team behind the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards have announced this week that the competition in now underway for its twelfth year. The Awards are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county's dining venues, and rewarding those who work so hard within the Northamptonshire culinary sector. The competition sees two new categories for this year; the 'Weetabix Sustainability Award' and 'Food and Drink College Student of the Year' (sponsored by Moulton College), which will celebrate college students from across Northamptonshire who have demonstrated exceptional skills development throughout their learning and who are proud young ambassadors for the sector. The official launch of the competition was due to take place at Weetabix's headquarters in Burton Latimer during the first week... Read More »

  • Eat Out to Help Out

    Eat Out to Help Out

    14th July 2020

    Registrations have gone live today (July 13th) for government's 'Eat Out to Help Out' discount scheme, which will provide a fifty per cent reduction for meals in participating cafes, restaurants and pubs in Northamptonshire from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.

    Full details and online sign up are available here: https://bit.ly/EatOutNN.

    Participating venues countywide can use the Eat Out to Help Out scheme:

    • all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020

    • to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in

    • to claim the money back from the government There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer and alcohol and service charges are excluded. Registration will close on 31 August.

  • New Business Support Measures

    New Business Support Measures

    9th July 2020

    In the past week, several extremely positive announcements have been made that should bring tourism and hospitality organisations much needed help and support with reopening and looking forward. More detail on the following measures will be shared as soon as they are available.

    -'Plan for Jobs' support measures, including a VAT reduction from 20% to 5% on most tourism and hospitality-related activities.

    -'Eat Out to Help Out' discount scheme which will provide a 50% reduction for meals in participating cafes, restaurants and pubs in Northamptonshire from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.

    -£1.57 billion investment to protect the country’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions.

    -£10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, to be delivered in Northamptonshire via the SEMLEP Growth Hub

  • 'We're Good to Go' Webinar

    'We're Good to Go' Webinar

    26th June 2020

    Northamptonshire tourism and hospitality businesses can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure customers that their business adheres to Government and public health guidance. 

    Operated by Visit England, the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme was unveiled last Thursday June 25th and 10,000 applications have been made already, including a successful application by Silverstone Experience on the first day of the scheme’s operation.

    The label will demonstrate that a Covid-19 risk assessment has been completed and that businesses have checked they have the required processes in place.

    Join us online this Thursday at 2pm for 30 minutes to hear all about the scheme from Janet Uttley, Head of Business Support Transformation, Visit England.

    Full details of the scheme are available here: http://bit.ly/2Vq2gpc and the webinar booking link here: https://bit.ly/GoodToGoNN

    Our thanks go to the following partners for facilitating this webinar at short notice: Northamptonshire Britain’s Best Surprise, Destination Nene Valley, University of Northampton, Made in Northamptonshire, Weetabix Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards, Visit England.

  • Getting ready to reopen

    Getting ready to reopen

    25th June 2020

    Visit England have uploaded resources and practical guidance - for hotels and accommodation providers, indoor and outdoor visitor attractions - all designed to help tourism businesses reopen. 

    News on the Industry Standard will follow soon.

  • Local is for life, not just for lockdown

    Local is for life, not just for lockdown

    26th June 2020

    Fast forward to Christmas and the conversation over the turkey is unlikely to be stuffed with many good things to have come out of the current crisis. However, if there’s one positive to have emerged, it is surely the surge in demand for buying local, as customers have switched crowded supermarkets for smaller independent shops and producers. Now, as the lockdown rules are relaxed further, the team behind the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, the annual competition run by the sector, for the sector, is urging consumers to remember those county bakers and brewers, pie and pickle-makers  – and the local venues that stock them - who have stepped up to the plate to best serve their communities when they were most needed. Among those to have gone above and beyond, ensuring that their virtual shelves have been packed with some of the county... Read More »

  • Book Online: New Visit England Business Recovery Webinars

    Book Online: New Visit England Business Recovery Webinars

    23rd June 2020

    This new, free of charge webinar programme from Visit England will focus on insights, advice and guidance from industry experts.

    Speakers are expected to include representatives from: Foresight Factory, Green Tourism, Get your Guide, City Nation Place, RHS, Evan Evans, Google Digital Garage and Buffalo 7.

    Visit the booking page here for further details: 

    Click on ‘Latest Covid-19 advice’ and ‘Getting Ready to Reopen’.

  • The HHA 

    The HHA 

    12th June 2020

    The HHA is being very helpful, sharing daily updates, useful links and opportunities to join webinars remotely. More information here: https://www.historichouses.org

  • Visitor Safety Group

    Visitor Safety Group

    12th June 2020

    Visitor Safety Group are providing lots of useful information as well as case studies of work that demonstrates good practice. Full details here: https://vscg.org/

  • Local Covid-19 Grant Funding - Northamptonshire Community Foundation

    Local Covid-19 Grant Funding - Northamptonshire Community Foundation

    2nd June 2020

    Details of the Northamptonshire Community Foundation's Response and Recovery Fund here:http://www.ncf.uk.com 

    Over £471,000 has been awarded so far (May 31st) to groups, projects and activities affected by Covid-19.

  • Local Covid-19 Grant Funding - University of Northampton Business Support team...

    Local Covid-19 Grant Funding - University of Northampton Business Support team...

    2nd June 2020

    Webinars on a range of topics.  Academic knowledge combined with business support expertise enables advice and guidance in a collaborative and responsive environment. 

    Details can be found here: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/more/business/business-support/university-of-northampton-business-support-team/ 

  • Local Covid-19 Grant Funding - Discretionary Fund

    Local Covid-19 Grant Funding - Discretionary Fund

    2nd June 2020

    Government has announced a Discretionary Fund aimed a small and micro businesses which were not eligible for its original Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant funds. Grants are capped at £25,000 and awarded by local borough and district councils, more information via the following links.

    Northampton: discretionaryfund@northampton.gov.uk  

    Kettering: https://www.kettering.gov.uk/news/article/1540/kettering_borough_council_launches_discretionary_business_grant_scheme

    Wellingborough: http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/news/article/1465/grants_available_for_wellingborough_businesses

    South Northants: https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/COVID-19-business-grants

    East Northants: https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/info/100002/business/1902/discretionary_grant

  • UK Hospitality

    UK Hospitality

    2nd June 2020

    Partnering on initiatives to help members work towards COVID-19 recovery, includes help and guidance for furloughed staff.

    https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/ukhsupportservices

  • New industry standard in development in response to COVID-19

    New industry standard in development in response to COVID-19

    27th May 2020

    Visit Britain are developing a common industry standard quality mark that would provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism businesses, attractions and destinations, as well as reassurance to visitors that businesses have clear processes in place as restrictions are lifted.

    Details are available here:
    https://www.visitbritain.org/new-industry-standard-development-response-covid-19

  • England Business Advice Hub

    England Business Advice Hub

    27th May 2020

    The England Business Advice Hub offers practical tips and information on legal obligations, as well as up to date Covid19 advice.

    To access this information, visit: https://www.visitbritain.org/business-advice

  • English Tourism Week 2020, 25-31 May 2020

    English Tourism Week 2020, 25-31 May 2020

    27th May 2020

    Making the case for tourism, Visit Britain intend to use this now well established annual campaign to keep the flag flying for the tourism sector.

    Download images and share next week on your social media channels, via the following link: https://www.visitbritain.org/english-tourism-week

  • What support is there for tourism businesses?

    What support is there for tourism businesses?

    27th May 2020

    Support is available. Through the COVID-19 Destination Management Resilience Scheme we have been encouraged to share information, advice and guidance with our Northamptonshire tourism partners.

    To receive the Visit Britain newsletter, sign up here: https://www.visitbritain.org/newsletter_signup

    To receive the Northamptonshire Surprise newsletter, sign up here

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