Travel firms to benefit from new grant

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Local tourism businesses will be able to claim up to £5000. 

A new source of support funding is being offered to travel and tourism businesses.

The Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant is designed to support rate paying businesses in the travel and tourism sector who were not eligible for support through the recent Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Eligible businesses will include group travel operators, travel agents, tour operators and coach operators.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

“Despite the gradual easing of Covid restrictions we know that many businesses are continuing to look for support.

“The travel and tourism sector is an important component of our local economy so we’re really pleased to be able to offer this grant to businesses in that sector who have been particularly hard hit by pandemic restrictions over the past two years.

“Applicants have until mid-February to submit an application for the grant and the pot of money we have to offer is limited so I’d encourage businesses not to delay in getting their application to us.

“We will be reviewing the scheme in February to consider whether there is an option to extend it to non-ratepayers within the travel and tourism sector”. 

Information and criteria for the Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant and all of the support available to businesses through Lichfield District Council can be found in the business support section.

Published: 31 January 2022