Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities

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Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities

Important new Government Guidance for Coronavirus:

1. Working Safely during Coronavirus: Step 4: Click here

2. Events and Attractions- Working Safely during Coronavirus Step 4: Click here

The Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP) Grants

New grants to boost tourism

The Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP) is offering grants to help fund business projects aimed at boosting tourism in the West Somerset and Sedgemoor area.

Led by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT), the Tourism Innovation Grant Scheme has been set up by the HTAP partners in response to the impact on tourism from Covid.

The value of tourism towards Somerset’s economy is substantial.  Prior to the pandemic, 23 million day trips and 2.6 million overnight stays helped generate £1.3bn each year, in turn providing employment for 10 per cent of the county’s total workforce.

Tourism is even more significant in West Somerset and Sedgemoor, accounting for 40 per cent of all staying visitor activity across the county.

The new grant scheme is specifically designed to support SMEs in offering a greater range of visitor products and experiences.  Grants between £5,000 and £10,000 will be made available to businesses and organisations operating in the tourism, hospitality and events sector.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals aligning with HTAP’s strategic aims by contributing towards industry growth and the local economy.  Where possible, proposals should promote a ‘green’ visitor experience by being sustainable and less reliant on carbon.

The HTAP partners are also looking for creative and innovative experiences which are new to the area.  Inspiration for projects can be sought from other regions or internationally, providing they suit the area's natural resources and have not been adopted previously.

Above all, they must create a lasting legacy by being inclusive, providing an exceptional welcome and creating positive perceptions for the greater area.

Qualifying projects may fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Higher-spend customer markets
  • Genuinely new service provision
  • Shoulder season visitor opportunities
  • New networks or partnerships that consolidate activity into a package that enhances the visitor experience

Applications for the Tourism Innovation Grant Scheme will open week commencing 12 July 2021 until 10 September 2021, or until all the funding has been allocated.

The scheme is open to applicants based in the Somerset West and Taunton and Sedgemoor district council areas.  Applicants are required to match-fund a minimum 10 per cent of the awarded grant.

Any small business partnerships or networks looking to apply should visit SWT’s Hinkley tourism partnership webpage.

Hospitality Briefing Pack to Help with Recruitment:

As the UK hospitality sector is beginning to thrive again and we open up in line with the Roadmap, we know the sector is looking for people to fill vacancies across a broad range of roles. We have partnered with UKHospitality on a short hospitality briefing pack to help businesses in the sector looking to recruit. This pack has been designed to help you speak to your networks to: 

  • send a clear message to hospitality employers that Jobcentre Plus is here to help find the right candidates for any role
  • encourage jobseekers to apply to the sector now for a variety of jobs including front-of-house roles, where there is real opportunity for career progression and high quality training.

Help Kick Start a Young Person's Career

Are you ready to take on new talent or do you know an employer that can get a young person’s career started? Get involved in the Kickstart Scheme - read our new employer prospectus or attend one of DWP’s employer webinars to find out how Kickstart can help your business grow and provide life-changing opportunities to young people.

Find out more

Could you help promote the Kickstart Scheme? Use the new Kickstart Scheme Communications Toolkit, packed with new assets, to help spread the word, get businesses signed up, provide life-changing opportunities to young people and help the wider economic recovery.


A video  to learn more: Click here


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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Farming: An evening of talks about wellbeing, support and safety for the farming community on 22 July 2021

Farming can be a challenging way of life, with its own particular issues. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do or where to go for support, whether you simply want a listening ear from someone who understands farming and rural life or need help with running your business.

To find out how you can support your wellbeing and get the right help if and when you need it, join us for an evening of talks about wellbeing, support and safety in farming.

Speakers include officers from Devon & Cornwall Police and Avon & Somerset Police who will be talking about domestic abuse, as well as dog theft and dog attacks on livestock and new dog-related legislation. Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation will also join us to talk about Farm Safety Week which is the week of this session.

For More Information and to book on the event: Click here

West Coast 360 News to Support the Hospitality/ Tourism Sector: Funded Coursesfor West Somerset Businesses and Residents:

West Coast 360

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Federation of Small Businesses: Explore how Customers' Expectations are Changing: