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Visitor economy firms urged to apply for grants

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Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire is urging firms involved in the visitor economy to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to boost their recovery.

The area’s official destination management organisation is offering grants to help local tourism and hospitality businesses respond to new consumer trends and changes in visitor behaviour.

Business grants are available to help small and medium sized businesses invest in digital assets, such as online booking systems, updated websites and cashless payment facilities.

Grants are also available to support the purchase of bike-friendly facilities, such as secure cycle storage, and accessible facilities to help local businesses cater for visitors with additional access needs.

Successful applicants will receive a 50% grant towards the cost of the overall project, with a minimum grant contribution being £1,000 and the maximum grant contribution being £2,000.

The business grants programme is funded by Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s European Regional Development Fund project, which supports business growth and development.

Lindsay Rae, deputy director and head of industry engagement at Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, said: “Our ERDF business grants programme has already been very successful, helping Derbyshire visitor economy businesses to grow, innovate and reach new markets.

“Now, as the industry recovers from the pandemic, we’re renewing calls for local businesses to register their interest for a grant to enable them to adapt and rebuild.

“These grants can help businesses respond to new consumer trends by investing in online booking facilities, updated websites and cycle facilities to support sustainable tourism.

“We expect to receive a large number of enquiries, so we urge eligible businesses to register their interest as soon as possible.”

The deadline for businesses to register their interest for a business grant is Monday 12 September.

To find out more and to register click here.

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