The Covid Business & Financial Planning Support Programme has been launched by Tourism NI. This programme will do as it says on the tin and help tourism businesses develop a strategic business and financial recovery plan following the Covid pandemic.
Small To Medium Businesses Targeted By The Programme
This programme will be aimed at small to medium businesses in the tourist industry with turnovers between 50K to 100K a year. Tourism has had a particularly challenging time over the past year or so, the industry had to go into cold storage for a number of months when infections were at their highest, so any help that Tourism NI can provide I am sure will be gratefully accepted.
Tourism NI is fully funding this particular project through its Tourism Enterprise Development Programme, with applications welcomed from businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry up to 3pm on the 22nd November 2021.
Tourism Businesses Are In Need Of Advisory And Mentoring Support
Tourism NI’s Development Officer Oliver McKeown is quoted on the Causeway Coast Community website, saying:
“Tourism businesses are in need of advisory and mentoring support to inform critical and major decisions now, and to ensure longer-term sustainability. Whilst the past few months have been positive for the sector, many businesses continue to face challenges as they seek to rebuild. The tourism market has changed significantly, therefore businesses now need to adapt to help cope with changing consumer demands.”
“Tourism NI’s new programme will provide much needed support to those businesses by putting plans in place that best position them for recovery.”
Major Changes In The Way Businesses Operate
The pandemic has changed the landscape of our society, in some cases maybe permanently, and business has been affected greatly. The key to surviving and thriving in this new challenging environment is to adapt and be as flexible as possible to deal with any issues as they arise.
A certain amount of staff working from home is going to be a feature for many businesses moving forward, but if this is handled well this should not be a huge problem, there can actually be certain advantages to this for both companies and staff members.
And if businesses have a strong handle on safety in the workplace with regard to sanitation and social distancing for their workforce, as well as any members of the public, and they find ways to make their products and services attractive to consumers in this new era, then there is no reason why we can`t look forward to a brighter future.