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Covid-19 update for tourism businesses - 21 January 2022

Supporting our local tourism industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue

From Friday 21 January, Wales will move to alert level 0 for all outdoor activities:

  • Crowds will be able to return to outdoor sporting events.
  • There will be no limits on the number of people who can take part in outdoor activities and events.
  • Outdoor hospitality will be able to operate without the additional measures required introduced in December, such as the rule of 6 and 2m social distancing
  • The Covid Pass will continue to be required for entry to larger outdoor events attended by more than 4,000 people, if unseated, or 10,000 people when seated.
  • The Covid Pass is required in all cinemas, theatres and concert halls which are currently open.

On Friday 28 January, Wales will complete the move to alert level 0:

  • Nightclubs will re-open.
  • Businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise the spread of coronavirus.
  • The general requirement of 2m social distancing in all premises open to the public and workplaces will be removed.
  • The rule of 6 will no longer apply to gatherings in regulated premises, such as hospitality, cinemas and theatres.
  • Licensed premises will no longer need to only provide table service and collect contact details.
  • Working from home will remain part of advice from the Welsh Government but it will no longer be a legal requirement.
  • The Covid Pass will continue to be required to enter larger indoor events, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

The self-isolation rules for everyone who tests positive for Covid and the face-covering rules, which apply in most public indoor places will remain in force after 28 January.

The next 3-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations will be carried out by 10 February, when the Welsh Government will review all the measures at alert level 0.

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NDR Emergency Fund

Retail, hospitality, leisure, tourism businesses and their supply chains that are impacted by the restrictions imposed from December 2021 and are liable to pay Business Rates, will be entitled to a grant payment if they satisfy all the eligibility criteria.

Welsh Government have decided that in relation to self-catering accommodation, such properties will not be eligible for the grant unless the property can accommodate 30 people or more or is classed as an outdoor education centre.

Closing date for applications is 14 February 2022

Find out more about the NDR Emergency Fund and apply online

 

Covid grant scheme for businesses that don't pay business rates

An emergency grant scheme is now available for Swansea businesses in the leisure, tourism, hospitality and retail sectors that do not pay business rates.

Funded by the Welsh Government and run by Swansea Council, the Emergency Business Fund grant scheme is aimed at helping support businesses impacted by current Covid restrictions which are not eligible for the Economic Resilience Fund.

Covering business impacted from Monday 13 December to Monday 14 February, online applications are now open. 

Businesses which may be eligible are asked to visit https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/businesssupport where the Business Wales eligibility checker must be completed before applicants are able to access the application form.

All applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 14 February.

 

ERF Business Grant

The Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) is targeted at businesses in the hospitality, leisure and attraction sectors and their supply chains who have been materially impacted by a greater than 50% reduction of turnover between 13 December 2021 and 14 February 2022.

Applications for this fund are now open and will close at 4pm on 1 February 2022.

For further information please visit the Business Wales Covid-19 Support for Business page.

 

Promote your tourism business for free on visitswanseabay.com

In order to support businesses through the pandemic and latest Covid restrictions, we continue to offer free entry listings onto the official destination website www.visitswanseabay.com for local tourism and hospitality operators.

In 2021, our website registered 2.7M page views - an increase of 57% on 2019. With 84k Facebook likes and 18k Twitter followers, we are very active on social media and run year-round campaigns to attract new and repeat visitors to the area.

Free listings are available to local accommodation operators, attractions, activity providers, food and drink businesses who want to become Visit Swansea Bay Partners and take advantage of a range of benefits.

Find out more by emailing tourism.team@swansea.gov.uk or register your business here .

 

Oystermouth Castle visitor survey

Swansea Council, along with the Friends of Oystermouth Castle, are looking to explore appropriate development options to support the castle's growing visitor base and help ensure its continued use as a valuable community resource.

The project looks to help maintain the castle as an important heritage and tourism asset for the foreseeable future and is focussed on the castle and not the wider parkland setting.

The work is at an early stage and is subject to funding and planning considerations.

It is important we understand residents' aspirations for the future development of Oystermouth Castle and we would be grateful if you could complete the short questionnaire below.

Complete the survey online
 

Closing date: 28 February 2022
 

Council set to extend pandemic help for hospitality trade

Swansea Council looks likely to serve up another boost to the city's cafes, pubs and restaurants as the pandemic continues.

Its ruling cabinet today, Jan 20, agreed to continue to provide licences for outdoor dining areas free of charge until the end of March next year.

The move - which follows the suspension of fees for Pavement Café Licences since summer 2020 - aims to help businesses as they operate within pandemic restrictions. It will continue to bring added life and vibrancy to the city's streets and other areas.

The move - saving business around £50,000 a year - will be part of the council's wider multi-million pound recovery fund to help businesses and communities recover from the pandemic.

All businesses wishing to create an outdoor seating area on the highway - and those who wish to continue use their existing seating areas - must apply for a licence via  www.swansea.gov.uk/pavementcafe .
 

Striking video highlights planned city centre transformation

A new video reveals how Swansea Council plans could make a key part of the city centre even more people-friendly.

The short film shows a greener, more welcoming Castle Square Gardens emerging between a new Community Hub, with library, and the improved Wind Street.

The short film shows a destination attractive to pedestrians, cyclists and businesses. In due course, the aim is to link it seamlessly with Swansea Arena and the wider new Copr Bay district.

A planning application is due to be submitted this year - and this will trigger a fresh round of public consultation. 
 

Free training and apprentice opportunities with Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea are offering fully funded specialist courses delivered by a team of accredited, experienced staff.

These short, intensive courses take place at GCS Training in Fforestfach, although bespoke training can be organised at your premises for a minimum of 8 people.

Courses include Worldhost Customer Service, Food Safety in Catering, Food Allergen Management and Fire Safety.

In addition, you can benefit from a huge selection of fully funded apprenticeships in retail, customer service, business admin, IT, leadership and management.

To enquire, please email training@gcs.ac.uk

 

Who's recruiting?

  • Swansea Community Boat Trust (SCBT): Boat Manager for the Copper Jack. Full-time from 31 March to 30 September with some possible extra dates available to the successful applicant. This is a seasonal, 'hands on' role so some boating knowledge or experience would be an advantage. Interested? Ask for a full job description by emailing enquiries@scbt.org.uk
  • RNLI Lifeguards: Have you ever thought about becoming a professional beach lifeguard? The RNLI are recruiting for 2022 and offering great pay and all the training and experience you need. Lifeguards operate from Easter to mid-September and cover Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire. Their diverse team include professional lifeguards, students, doctors, paramedics, dentists and teachers, all working alongside their studies or employment. Full time, part time and casual positions are all available for 2022. Get in touch with the RNLI now
  • Nomad Bar and Kitchen, Gowerton: Deputy General Manager. With the opportunity to progress to General Manager, this is a great chance to lead a top team, passionate about great food and drinks and the best customer service possible. Full time hours split over a 4 day work week (Thur-Sun), great salary with the opportunity for profit share. You'll need a passion for hospitality and food, experience in a similar role and a positive work ethic. Email info@nomadswansea.co.uk or get in touch via Facebook.
  • The Pizza Boyz, Swansea: looking for a front-of-house manager. Part time or full time opportunities. Contact us now via social or send your CV to nano@pizzaboyz.co.uk
  • Three Cliffs Coffee Shop, Southgate: Recruiting a Coffee Shop Manager (full-time £18-20k plus bonus package, five day week, weekend included) to manage stock, rotas, staff training, hygiene standards and most importantly serving customers. Also recruiting a Coffee Shop Assistant (three days or five days a week), a Morning Paper and Delivery Driver (three days possibly more) and for our Post Office (part-time, two days a week). Other part time work available. If any of these are of interest, please call 01792 233230, email jamie@threecliffs.com or visit us on Facebook.
  • Maisies Streetfood and Bar, Uplands: Kitchen Team Member / cook (£8.50 - £9 per hour / hour, 30 - 40 hours a week) and part bar/waiting staff. Visit us on Facebook.

Entries open for 2022 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k

Swansea Council is planning for this year's event to take place on Sunday 18 September. An early bird entry offer runs until January 31.

Last year's event marked the 40th edition of this highly popular race that always offers a flat, scenic coastal course.

The event has consistently won awards and the council wants the event to continue as a high-quality event, attracting runners of all ages and abilities.

Swansea Council established the run in 1981 and has continued to organise it ever since - embedding it in the city's annual events programme.

This summer will be the 16th occasion that Admiral has sponsored the event, which as well as the 10k, offers 1k and 3k junior fun runs, along with a 10k wheelchair race and a mascot race.

The council's events team continue to monitor the pandemic situation. The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k will only take place following the relevant regulations and guidance from Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and UK Athletics.

Plans will be reviewed as any new guidance is released and this may involve changes and additional measures to ensure the 2022 event is safe for everyone involved, including the wider local community.

Around 4,000 runners took part in last year's 10k, running between St Helen's and Mumbles. The event was voted Best 10k in Wales in the 2019 Running Awards.

To book your place on the 2022 start line and take advantage of the early bird offer, go to www.swanseabay10k.com .

 

Business Swansea Power Hour: Branding your Business - 27 Jan (10am)

Branding is a key element of developing any business strategy. All too often a brand is considered to be a logo or a strapline and whilst it may include this, there's far more to consider.

A brand is something which allows your customers and clients to identify with you, what you do or even how you do it.

Large organisations spend millions on their brand but as a small business you of course don't need to. Whilst hard to measure in terms of financials, done properly, it's a valuable asset to your company.

Brand development is a significant part of a company's marketing plan. You cannot ignore the influence of a captivating and assertive brand in this commoditised world. Do you want to create a new brand, or have you neglected yours for a while now? This session is designed to assist you breathe some new life into it.

The session will be delivered by brand expert Tony Dowling from Swansea based Real Inbound Marketing.

Book online now

 

Crowdfund Swansea online workshop - 8 Feb (12pm)

Crowdfund Swansea is a platform where ideas can be shared, communities empowered and funds can be raised to take projects forward for the benefit of Swansea. We want to hear about your innovative ideas to make your community a better place. 

Along with pledges from your local community, there is an opportunity to get a pledge of up to £5,000 / 50% of your campaign target from the council towards your crowdfunding campaign. ​

In advance of our Spring Funding Round, join crowdfunding platform Spacehive for a free online workshop where you will have the chance to:

  • Hear about funds from Swansea Council available for your project 
  • Receive advice on developing your project from the team
  • Join smaller break out rooms for interactive, specialised support for your project
  • Access advice on planning and marketing your campaign

Find out more and register

 

Business Swansea Power Hour: Making your Business Funding Ready - 24 Feb (10am)

Funding for any business is a catalyst for growth and job creation. Although important, it can be a very challenging and even intimidating subject area for a variety of reasons.

Firstly is identification of potential funding streams. This can be daunting, confusing and a quickly changing landscape.

Furthermore where a funding stream is identified, the process of application itself can be challenging. What will funders be looking for, what will you need to have in place and how can you improve your chances of success.

We'll be joined by Emily Wood from the Development Bank of Wales who will provide an overview of the essential elements you need to consider when your business is looking to access funding.

Book online now


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