Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities

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Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities

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 within 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.

Everyone Is Welcome LGBT Travel Club UK: Tourism Opportunities

Everyone is welcome

Welcome to the LGBT Travel Club where Everyone Is Welcome. This Travel Club is an online community designed to help share and promote safe travel destinations within the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) and Europe (France). We hope that in the long term, the LGBT Travel Club will become a one stop online directory to LGBTQ+ friendly destinations and businesses.  Find out more:  Click here

Be the Business - Make your Business more Productive:

Be the Business is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, with a single goal: to help business owners and leaders improve the performance of their business.

Our history

The organisation was launched in 2017. Led by Sir Charlie Mayfield, former chairman of John Lewis Partnership, Be the Business is funded and supported by the UK government and a prestigious selection of Britain’s leading companies, including GSK, Siemens, Amazon, BAE Systems, McKinsey & Co and Accenture.

Our vision and purpose

At Be the Business, we strive to make a more productive economy driven by great business leadership. By bringing business leaders together to learn from one another and adopt new approaches to business improvement, we aim to encourage and inspire sustainable business productivity

To View Website: Click here

To Contact Chris Bake the CEO/ Owner directly: Click here

Somerset TalentEd Academies return

Talent Academy

Following a record breaking 2020 season – achieving live viewing figures of 27,000, the Somerset TalentEd Academies are returning for the next academic year. 

With COVID restrictions eased, this year’s TalentEd Academies will combine the best of digital and in-person interactions. 

Each TalentEd Academy will begin with an ‘Industry Insight’ broadcast and quiz accessible to all students. Those who would like to know more about the featured industry will then be invited to an online ‘Audience with’ an employer from that sector – followed by a work-related task. A smaller group of students who perform well in this task will be invited to ‘Meet the employer’ on site to gain a deeper understanding of the industry. 

  Create your future talent 

 We’re thrilled to invite Somerset employers to take part in the TalentEd Academies to develop Somerset’s future workforce. Our 3-stage approach allows you to simply contribute a video to the Industry Insight or for those who want to go further to join ‘an audience with’ or host a ‘meet the employer’. Taking part in the TalentEd Academies provides a great platform to showcase your business to young people and to help them prepare for the workplace. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of your brand among young people – and to develop a talent pipeline to meet your future skills needs. 

To find out how you can take part contact:; 07912 264531; 07519 124546

Federation of Small Businesses- Events Calendar


FSB Events Calendar: Join us for our virtual events, including networking and business surgeries designed to help you find advice, support and guidance for your small business. FSB events are free and open to all small businesses and the self-employed across the UK.

Event calendar | FSB, The Federation of Small Businesses