COVID-19 Business Grants

Kick-starting Tourism Package

The Government has confirmed £10 million of EU funding to boost tourism in England, to help small businesses in tourist destinations to access support of up £1,000-5,000. The funding will be allocated to local Growth Hubs based on how much of their employment base is linked to tourism and hospitality businesses.

100% of the money will come from government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially, and it has been indicated that activities supported through the £10 million grant can include:

  • help to access specialist professional advice e.g. human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT / digital

  • purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify

Full Press Release. 

The Kick-Starting Tourism Package is supported by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020.

Wider Economy Business Support

The Government has also announced £20 million of new EU funding to help businesses recover from the effects of Coronavirus.

Small and medium sized businesses will have access to grants of between £1,000 - £5,000.  The support will be fully funded by the Government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially and can fund:

  • access to specialist professional advice such as HR, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital
  • minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.

Full press release.

The support will be fully funded by the government from the England European Regional Development Fund and distributed through Growth Hubs

How do I find out more?

We are working with the Government to have these schemes up and running by mid to late August. In the meantime, if you would like to be kept informed please email us your details and we will contact you when more information is available. 

Email us your:

  • Name
  • Business name
  • Telephone number
  • Email address to

[email protected] 

Please note this is not an expression of interest, this is to receive notification when the scheme opens.  Please also check our social media feeds and website regularly to ensure you are aware of the most recent information and avoid any issues with spam filters/non delivery of emails. 

By sending us your details you are consenting to them being added to our database so we contact you about the grant scheme. We will then delete your details, unless you would like further support from the Growth & Skills Hub.

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