• Visitor notice: Due to COVID-19, many attractions, restaurants, pubs, theatres, public spaces and other venues have temporarily closed or have changed their practices to maintain public and staff safety during these uncertain times. Planned events may well have been cancelled. We advise that you check carefully before you travel.
  • COVID-19 Business Support

    COVID-19 Business Support

    There is an array of business support now becoming available from central government, local government and banks. We have put together a summary of this support for you below.

    We will also be arranging for a series of free online workshops for you in the coming weeks focusing on financial management, legal support, HR and communications management.

     


     

    London & Partners

    L&P is working with business groups, the Mayor of London and other stakeholders to advise on how government bodies and others can support London’s tourism businesses, which are so vital to the city.

    There will be a series of virtual seminars to offer advice on how to manage this period. More information to follow shortly.

    In the longer term, London & Partners is planning for economic recovery and importantly how they can support us all, the London tourism community. Leisure and business tourists will return to London. They will eat in our renowned restaurants, stay in our fantastic hotels, visit our world-class attractions and bring their events to our city. We are creating key plans of activity for when the recovery commences to drive tourists back to our city from around the world and across the UK. London remains one of the world’s great cities.

    Visit London

     


     

    Visit Britain

    You can keep up-to-date with information for businesses from Visit Britain via the link below.

    Visit Britain

     


     

    The Government

    The UK Government has published a COVID-19 page which details the support available for businesses. Key information on the page includes: paying sick pay to employees,  business rates, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, larger firms through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility,  Time to Pay service, Insurance.

     

    Businesses & Self-Employed
    – Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available.
    – Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work.
    – Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months.

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    Employment, Financial Support & Money
    Unable to work – what to do if you or someone you live with is ill
    On furlough – what happens if your employer has no work for you
    Unemployed – what to do if you’ve lost your job
    Self-employed – what to do if you’re getting less or no work
    Already getting benefits – how they’re affected

     


     

    Marketing Tips & Business Support

    It’s time to pull together.

    We know that this is a challenging time for the tourism industry and for
    local businesses. We want to do what we can to help. We have an incredibly strong destination offer. 2019 was a record year (6.5% growth) with over 20m visitors and our visitor economy is now worth more than £1.5bn supporting almost 17,000 jobs. We will recover.

    We’ve put together a few pages of marketing tips and practical guidance related to timely consumer messaging and destination marketing, which we hope you find useful for your own communications.

    It’s so important to continue to engage with and inspire our visitors and customers. We need to be prepared for when we come out the other side of this situation and to welcome back our visitors who love everything there is to enjoy in Greenwich. We need to plan for recovery and maximise opportunities.

    It is even more important that businesses survive so we have also compiled a summary of business support available and links to regularly updated online information.

    Marketing Tips & Business Support

     


     

    Further Information

    ACAS practical information on coronavirus is reviewed daily to give you, your networks and members access to the most recent updates and common-sense advice. Click on the button below to read more and for details of future webinars.

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    HR Dept provides HR services for support with employment contracts, employee wellbeing, short term working or anything else you need guidance on as an employer.

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    The Federation of Small Business has useful advice and guidance here.