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TMI weekly Zoom Discussions

Here is the information and Eventbrite links for next three TMI Zooms sessions Please book for each session individually in advance.  This helps us to maximise security.  Please try to be ready and online for 11am as you may not be admitted if you are late. TMI members are welcome to invite guests to join us. They need to book themselves with their own email and name their member host (in order for us to let them into meeting). Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

Date: 22nd May 2020

Furlough Scheme update

The UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus will be extended to October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But he said the government will ask companies to "start sharing" the cost of the scheme from August.

Date: 13th May 2020

Tourism 2020 All Change Please

TMI member Dr. Maeve Marmion, will be giving a half hour lecture "Tourism 2020 All Change Please" as one of The University of Chester's online series "The Kitchen Sessions". Last year's TMI Annual Covnention was hosted by Chester, and in keeping with the energy we saw from both staff and students, the Univeristy has introduced this series on free to view webinars in response to the Covid-19 situation.

Date: 13th May 2020

Week 2 of TMI weekly Zoom meetings – 11am Thursday 7th May

Following a top rated intro Zoom session for TMI members last week, this week’s meeting will follow delegate feedback and focus on a single topic: Criteria for Re-opening.   Numerous destinations and trade bodies across the country have been developing proposals on this very topic, the essentials being to plan opening when it is right for visitors, host communities, business, the emergency services and the NHS – neither too early nor too late.

Date: 5th May 2020

Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. The Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke spoke to local authorities in England yesterday to set out that up to £617 million would be made available. This is an additional 5% uplift to the £12.33 billion funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF), so up to £617 million. We will confirm the exact amount for each local authority next week.

Date: 4th May 2020

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £50,000. The Bounce Back Loan scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Date: 4th May 2020