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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund

£185m of sector support

A package of business support worth £185 million will be made available.

More details about this support, including how to apply, will be announced. Eligible businesses can expect to apply in January 2021.

This support will target specific sectors including:

  • wedding sector
  • events sector
  • travel agents
  • inbound tour operators
  • accommodation services, including self-catering, visitor accommodation hostels, hotels, B&Bs and guest houses
  • outdoor tourism sector
  • mobile close contact services
  • visitor attractions
  • coach companies and tour operators
  • hospitality
  • live music and cultural venues
  • arts sector
  • indoor football centres
  • food and drink sector
  • taxi drivers – the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund supports this sector

The find business support website will be updated with more information when available.

Hospitality, non-essential retail and leisure top up funds

The level of additional support for hospitality, non-essential retail and leisure businesses (such as indoor gyms) which are required to close in level 4 was increased on 11 January 2021.

Restaurants, bars, pubs, licensed social and sports clubs, cafes and hotels are in scope for the hospitality top up payment. Other accommodation providers (self-catering, B&Bs, guesthouses, campsite and caravan parks) are not eligible.


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