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Taking care of your staff

As World Mental Health Day approaches (10 October 2020), research from charity Mind found that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Their research also confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health at work is costly...

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Camping and caravanning still tops accommodation list

Consumer tracker report from VisitBritain (Week 14) The latest UK COVID-19 Consumer Tracker Report, also available on VisitBritain.org, for Week 14, based on fieldwork from 31 August – 4 September (please note this wave took place before the ‘rule of six’ announcement). The tracker will run fortnightly until February 2021. Some highlights from the report:...

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New measures to suppress the virus and keep infections down

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on 9 September regarding new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. What has changed for businesses in England: Rule of six: From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This...

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Photocard licences – extension of expiry dates

Government has previously advised that drivers whose photocard licence or entitlement to drive expired between 1 February and 31 August 2020 would be granted a seven-month extension from the date of expiry. The EU has now agreed to increase the catchment period to 31 December 2020 and increase the extension period from 7 months to...

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DCMS Coronavirus Impact Business Survey – Wave 2

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is undertaking a second wave of their Coronavirus Impact Survey. This is to better understand the effect of the Coronavirus outbreak on organisations in its sectors – including tourism – and what needs to be done to support businesses. The survey should take around 10-20 minutes and the...

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Get involved in the new £5m VisitBritain autumn campaign

Escape the Everyday VisitBritain has launched a number of new opportunities for businesses and destinations to get involved in the national domestic marketing campaign. In a “normal” year, the domestic tourism industry is worth £91.6 billion to the economy. With a forecast for 2020 of £46.8 billion – down 49% – VisitBritain says it is...

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Job retention bonus announced

The government is introducing a new Job Retention Bonus (JRB) to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020. The JRB is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for...

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Restrictions around the country as at 31 July

Northern lockdown – new restrictions: The official guidance to accompany the Northern Lockdown announced on 30 July has been published – read more. The majority of tourism businesses in the affected areas, which include parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, are allowed to remain open. Businesses that have to close are the following...