Digitalisation grants of up to £10,000 available for Derbyshire visitor economy businesses
12th November 2020
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Visitor economy businesses based in Derbyshire are being encouraged to apply for digitalisation grants of up to £10,000 to enable them to adapt, recover and rebuild in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire is offering business grants to support the development of valuable digital assets such as online booking systems, updated websites and cashless payment facilities to help businesses respond to changes in consumer behaviour.
The grants programme is part of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s European Regional Development Fund project, which has been updated to reflect new business needs that have emerged as a result of Covid-19.
Alongside digitalisation, grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are also available in the following areas:
- Accessibility – e.g. accessible equipment and facilities for people with disabilities.
- Cycling – e.g. secure cycle storage and maintenance equipment for use by visitors.
- Internationalisation – e.g. website translation or the implementation of online booking/cashless payment systems to encourage international visitors.
Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer these valuable business grants through our European Regional Development Fund project. Derbyshire’s tourism industry is facing some of its biggest-ever challenges and this funding will play a key role in helping businesses to adapt and diversify in response to new consumer trends.
“Digital assets such as cashless payment systems and online booking facilities are going to be vital in driving the sector’s recovery and helping businesses to get back on their feet. We’ve already received a huge amount of interest and we’re urging eligible businesses to get their applications in as soon as possible.”
Businesses applying for the funding must meet the following criteria:
- Be part of the visitor economy, including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
- Be located in Derbyshire.
- Have less than 250 employees.
- Have been trading for more than 12 months.
- Have a business bank account.
Successful applicants will receive a 50% grant towards the cost of the overall project, with a minimum 50% grant contribution being £1,000 and the maximum £10,000.
To find out more and to register interest for a grant visit: https://mpddbusinessgrantscheme.eventbrite.co.uk.
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Notes to editors
About Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire
Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire is the area’s official tourist board. Its mission is to develop and grow a successful and sustainable visitor economy, working closely with a wide range of partners to make the Peak District and Derbyshire the destination of choice – regionally, nationally and globally. The organisation is committed to supporting the visitor economy during the coronavirus crisis. For the latest industry information see www.visitpeakdistrict.com/industry.
The latest visitor information and inspiration can be found at www.visitpeakdistrict.com.
About the European Regional Development Fund
The approved business support programme, Delivering a World-Class Visitor Economy Within Derbyshire (Phase II), is receiving over £1.2 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding