June/July 2020

News

In the chancellor’s summer statement VAT has been cut to 5% for 6 months for the hospitality and tourism sector and diners will be able to get a 50% discount (to a maximum of £10 at participating businesses) if eating out Monday – Wednesday throughout August – see more here.

Member meeting

Thank you to all of those who joined us for the member meeting on the 25 June. It was a great opportunity to update you on what we’ve been up to during lockdown but, most importantly, to hear your latest updates and find out reopening plans for businesses across Cheltenham. The member meeting also allowed us the opportunity to update you on the membership relaunch, Tara will be in touch over the coming weeks to update members on the membership changes.

Visit England’s We’re Good to Go industry standard

Many of you will already have seen information on the We’re Good to Go mark but for those who have missed it Visit England has created an industry standard and consumer mark, We’re Good to Go, for businesses to apply for. This consumer mark shows that businesses are adhering to government guidance and is being used by businesses to reassure consumers that they are doing so. We’re pleased to see that 36 Cheltenham businesses have already successfully applied for We’re Good to Go. For more information on how to apply click here.

For those businesses who have the We’re Good to Go standard we’ll be adding the industry mark to your business page on the Visit Cheltenham website, allowing consumers visiting the site to quickly see that you’re following government guidance. If you have successfully applied for the We’re Good to Go mark please get in contact with us and we’ll update your business page.

Gloucestershire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub network is offering Gloucestershire businesses within the visitor economy support following the COVID-19 lockdown. The Growth Hub is offering 1-2-1 business consultancy, workshops to fast-track learning and access to a range of online resources. The Growth Hub website is also full of helpful guidance, updates on working safely and the latest business news. 

Alongside the above The Growth Hub will be managing funding from the European Regional Development Fund. There is currently £10 million ring fenced for the visitor economy which will be managed through Growth Hubs across the country.  Businesses wishing to apply for funding will need to go through the Growth Hub intervention procedure. If you haven’t used Growth Hub’s services before, you’ll need to fill in your details here. More information on the funding and how it will be managed will be available in the coming weeks.