New guidance has been published which aims to ensure previously ineligible businesses are supported with targeted grant support.
#whataboutweddings welcomes updated guidance on the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) aimed at supporting businesses in the weddings and events industry, amongst others.
The new instructions for local authorities published today encourages them to ensure businesses impacted by the pandemic are supported.
This includes weddings and events businesses, and the thousands of suppliers across our sector.
“Local Authorities are encouraged to support businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions, but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme. This may include, but is not limited to, group travel and tour operators, other tourism businesses (including B&Bs and event industry suppliers), wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses), wraparound care providers, and other businesses that may have not received other grant funding. This list is not directive nor exhaustive.”
We will continue to lobby and campaign for all local authorities to ensure that grant support finds its way to hard-hit businesses to ensure the whole of the wedding sector is properly supported. Non rate paying businesses, and those without premises, should be included.
On Monday 15th March WAW representative @jessie_westwood met with Minister Paul Scully alongside @siobhanbailllie and @neilparish – we made clear that support has to make its way through to all businesses in the wedding supply chain, with 50% of wedding businesses so far having had no financial help. We were given reassurance that this issue was being looked at with priority to help businesses urgently.
With sincere thanks to @ncass and @UKHospitality who have also been urging the Government to acknowledge this problem and give more direction to local authorities with a fairer grant system in place for hardest hit industries.
It is good to see our collective voices are starting to be heard.
Local authorities must now take this guidance seriously and act to ensure all businesses in their areas receive the support they now desperately need.