Industry Update: 27 January

New VisitBritain guidance on coronavirus funding schemes

New Government guidance is now available on two coronavirus funding schemes – the Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum and the Closed Business Lockdown Payment.

Tourism and hospitality venues in England that have been required to close, as well as businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead may be eligible for one or both of these grants. Eligible businesses must occupy property on which they pay business rates and be the ratepayer.

For those required to close due to the national restrictions beginning 5 January 2021, the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment supports eligible businesses based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions, as follows:

  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, may be eligible for a one-off cash grant of £4,000.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, may be eligible for a one-off cash grant of £6,000.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, may be eligible for a one-off cash grant of £9,000.

Businesses that were open as usual, but then required to close due to national restrictions imposed by government (for each period) may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum schemes:

  • From 5 January 2021 onwards
  • Between 5 November and 2 December 2020

The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.

For national restrictions from 5 January 2021:

  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,001 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,500 for each 42-day qualifying restrictions period.

For National restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
  • Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.

The grants are administered by local councils, visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply. Find your local council website.

For more general information on the financial support that you may be eligible for, please click here.

Sign up to view Manchester’s session at The London Real Estate Forum – Tuesday 2 February

Marketing Manchester is pleased to announce we will be supporting The London Real Estate Forum: Virtual Investment Summit on Tuesday 2 February.

The London Real Estate Forum brings together key decision-makers from the industry, government, investment, and business communities to drive sustainable investment and development in cities.

As part of the overall programme, we are delighted to announce the Manchester session; “Manchester: People, Place, Prosperity”. Joined by our panel, the session will highlight why Manchester has both the foundations and building blocks to re-establish its previous momentum as the UK’s premier growth city.

The panel includes Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, John Holden, Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects at the University of Manchester, Chris Oglesby, CEO of Bruntwood, Paul Pavia, Head of Development at MEPC, Hermes, and Arlene van Bosch, Development Director for Mayfield, U+I.

Tickets are complimentary and are available to book here.

Manchester Misses You campaign call out

With the re-introduction of national lockdown we’ve turned our ‘Manchester Misses You’ campaign back on across our digital platforms. The campaign aims to inspire from the sofa providing vibrant virtual content including cultural and educational experiences about Greater Manchester that can be enjoyed whilst staying at home.

The campaign is being supported with a social media campaign and new content from our members is welcomed. Please send contributions to stuart.aiken@marketingmanchester.com. Please note that following an instruction from Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities, we are no longer promoting outdoor spaces or walks so all new content submissions should be specifically for things to enjoy at home.

Partner and sector news

Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis the Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub has been available to ensure that tourism and hospitality businesses are given the most up to date information including reopening standards and guidance.  In addition, our colleagues in the Business Growth Hub have launched a new suite of support services specifically aimed at tourism and hospitality businesses who need practical advice at this current time.  Anyone who needs specific and detailed support should  contact: supporthub@marketingmanchester.com