Have your say: Government Announces Additional Support
Welcome to Yorkshire is working with the Tourism Alliance and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to establish a compelling evidence base for extra Government support for the tourism and hospitality sectors given the impact of new Covid-19 restrictions and the likelihood of more to come.
With Omicron variant case numbers continuing to grow, we are asking Yorkshire businesses to spend just five minutes completing an online survey to help policymakers in Whitehall devise solutions to ease the financial pressures the region’s tourism and hospitality industry is facing.
More than 150 responses have already been received. Of those, a third of businesses have seen their revenue fall by over 50% since the pandemic began, more than half have two months or less of cash reserves and over a quarter fear their business is “at least quite likely to fail” in 2022.
The survey – which can be accessed HERE - is completely anonymous and must be completed no later than Monday 10 January 2022.
Peter Box, Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, urged the region’s businesses to take part as soon as possible.
He said: "Tourism and hospitality are the backbone of Yorkshire’s economy and must be protected.
"This survey presents an opportunity for the industry to make a powerful case for further and sustained Government intervention.
"I welcome the Chancellor’s announcement of a £1 billion fund to support hospitality and leisure businesses
"However, the rise of the Omicron variant means that the situation is incredibly fast moving so it would be helpful for businesses to complete the survey sooner rather than later and to share the link with relevant contacts.
"I note that the Chancellor has also boosted the Additional Restrictions Grant for councils to support businesses by a further £102 million. I would encourage hospitality businesses to contact their local authorities for details on how to access this support."
Details on the Government’s announcement can be found here.
You can find out more about how to access ARG funding and other support for businesses by selecting your local authority area from the list below. Please contact your local authority directly for further information.