Travel included in list of businesses eligible for new COVID funding

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By Lisa James
04/01/2022
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Agents are being urged to apply to local councils for new funding made available by the Government for businesses affected by COVID restrictions.

Funding details under the Additional Restrictions Grant were released last week and campaign group TARGET has shared details with members.

The wording of the ARG (amended December 2021) says: “Local Authorities are encouraged to support businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions, or by the Omicron variant, including those outside of the business rates system.

“These may include, but are not limited to: hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, the travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators, coach operators, wedding industries, nightclubs, theatres, events industries, wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses), gyms, and other businesses that may have not received other grant funding.”

TARGET Co-Founder Graeme Brett said: “The wording makes it clear that travel agents can be considered for the ARG, along with a whole host of other businesses. We urge all travel agents to contact their local council straight away.”

Co-Founder Jill Waite added: “There is a very wide range of companies eligible for the grants so we encourage all travel agents to apply immediately. That includes home based businesses, retail shops, offices and call centres.

“There is no guarantee that anyone will get a grant as it is at their local council’s discretion but we need to be ahead of everyone else if we can.”

The Government has produced guidance for travel agents and other businesses. And click here for general guidance, mainly for the hospitality industry, which may also be useful.

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