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UK Government announces £10 million for small businesses to kickstart tourism

July 14, 2020, 9:06:25 AM

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Posted on: 3 July 2020

UK Government announces £10 million for small businesses to kickstart tourism

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Communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Simon Clarke MP has today (3 July 2020) announced.

Speaking at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, Minister Clarke confirmed the new funding will be distributed to communities immediately to kick start tourism in time for the summer as part of the government’s drive to boost the recovery of the economy.

This is the latest package of support for economic recovery following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the “New Deal” earlier this week, which will bring forward £5 billion of capital investment projects, supporting jobs and economic recovery.

The £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package, will give small businesses in tourist destinations grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses can use the funding to pay for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. 100% of the money will come from the government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

Many areas across the country have experienced a significant fall in tourist and visitor numbers in recent months. The initiative will help ensure that tourist hot-spots are firmly open for business this summer.

In his speech at the Local Government Association conference, the minister also paid tribute to local leaders and frontline workers for their “tireless efforts” in responding to and tackling coronavirus. He also confirmed the government would publish its devolution white paper this autumn.

Today’s funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) builds on the success of the government’s £32 million ERDF investments in tourism-boosting projects across the country that are providing benefits in local areas now. Live projects include £1 million to support coastal improvements in Cornwall and £4.2 million to help the Lake District meet its low carbon ambitions.

Minister Clarke has also confirmed that over £50 million ERDF funding for shovel-ready infrastructure projects will now be accelerated and distributed later in the summer and autumn. The funding is for projects already in development which will boost local economies and visitor numbers, create jobs and promote investment.

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Reunite Warwickshire communities with a new footbridge

August 13, 2020, 2:02:30 PM

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Posted on: 24 July 2020

Reunite Warwickshire communities with a new footbridge

Bridge lift. The 128 tonnes, the 35.4-metre concrete bridge being safely removed in April.

Two Warwickshire communities will soon be reunited thanks to a new footbridge over the busy A46 near Coventry.

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Funds for Grassroots Music venues

August 13, 2020, 10:49:37 AM

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Posted on: 25 July 2020

Funds for Grassroots Music venues

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The first portion fund of £1.57 billion culture recovery package will go towards saving music venues from insolvency.

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NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

August 13, 2020, 9:35:59 AM

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

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The number of doctors in the NHS has also risen by 7,890, figures to the end of April 2020 show.

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Restaurateurs disqualified for abusing the tax regime

August 12, 2020, 8:13:51 PM

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

Restaurateurs disqualified for abusing the tax regime

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Two restaurateurs disqualified from managing companies after they caused their companies to abuse the tax regime.

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