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New Grant Scheme – Kickstarting Tourism

Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

New Grant Scheme – Kickstarting Tourism

As we are all aware, the tourism and hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit by the recent pandemic. The Government recognises this and recently announced a new support package for tourism businesses - Kickstarting Tourism - to help them adapt. The grants are 100% funded by the European Regional Development Fund and there will be no requirement to contribute financially however businesses will need to demonstrate the need for any proposed activity.

The allocation of the Kickstarting Tourism fund for Leicester & Leicestershire will be administered by the LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub who are keen to evaluate the demand for a grant scheme specifically aimed at enterprises in the Visitor Economy sector. Grants would typically be in the range of £1,000 to £3,000.

The kinds of activities the grants could support include:

  • Specialist advice which businesses could call on to address their immediate needs in response to the impact of COVID-19 e.g. HR, accountants, legal, financial, Health & Safety, IT/digital or sector specialists.
  • Supporting businesses to develop ways to improve their productivity for example digital tools, eCommerce Solutions, CRM platforms or commissioning new photography, video or virtual tours to better promote their offer online.

To help assess demand, the Growth Hub would appreciate your time in completing this short and simple Grant interest questionnaire


* The programme is only open to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) based in Leicester and Leicestershire

* We do not anticipate that this funding will be available until late August 2020

The Business Gateway Growth Hub may need to contact you by phone and/or email in order to discuss your response. By submitting this enquiry form you are agreeing to let them contact you.

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