COVID-19: Tourism, Hospitality and Retail

If you are operating a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure business during these challenging times there is a lot of help and advice out there.  

The government has launched the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund to help businessesDetails of the guidance can be found here.  The Arts Council England have set aside £160million of emergency funding for organisations and individuals who are in need of the funding at this time. – Arts Council Funding

Additional support for all businesses can be found here.

This includes information about the package of temporary, timely and targeted measures announced by the Chancellor to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
For leisure, hospitality and retail businesses this includes:

  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

Support for Self-Employed through SEISS.

With many self-employed people working in the industry, the self-employment Income Support Scheme will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19

Lots of information can be found here.

At this time it is important to keep in touch with your customers and Visit Britain have some excellent advice on the best ways to do this, especially relevant to the hospitality sector.

Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub

The Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub has been set up to signpost and connect the sector to advice, support and guidance including webinars, FAQs and other support resources. Contact

Marketing Manchester is also working closely with GMCA and Manchester City Council to assist with their needs to identify potential additional accommodation needs for key workers and vulnerable people.

If hotels or serviced apartment operators want to offer support, please contact Stephanie Newton in the first instance.