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Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards

If you would like to purchase tickets to attend the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Nov 10th please click here or contact the office info@breconbeaconstourism.co.uk

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Upcoming Training oppurtunities through Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

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Tourism Investment Support Scheme (TISS)

TISS is a dedicated funding scheme targeting tourism sector businesses in Wales. The fund comprises a mix of repayable and non repayable finance, targeting eligible capital investment projects such as upgrading an hotel or a visitor attraction. It can be also be used to create new high quality product.
The fund range is from £25,000 to £500,000 (support) with job outputs, economic benefit and quality being key criteria and considerations. You can find full details on the industry website. The scheme is supported by a number of regional case officers who are happy to talk through your plans.
For projects where the support level is below £25,000 the newly launched SME Growth Fund may be of interest, as described below.

SME Growth Fund

The Welsh Government has announced £5 million of funding to support SMEs in Wales to create and safeguard jobs. Take a look at the Business Wales website for details.
The minimum fund available in the tourism and hospitality sector is £5,000 with a maximum of £25,000. Tourism sector applicants requesting support over £25,000 will be directed to Visit Wales' TISS scheme.
Applications must be completed and received by the 30 January 2017.
For more information on the fund contact the Business Wales Helpline team using the contact us form or call 03000 6 03000.

Finance Wales launch Wales Business Fund

Finance Wales is managing a new £136 million Wales Business Fund, backed by the EU and Welsh Government. You can sign up to attend one of the regional launch events and find more information on the Finance Wales website
The Wales Business Fund supports businesses based in Wales looking to start up or expand by providing finance through loans and equity investments from £50,000 up to £2 million.
Finance Wales also manages a number of other funds and can offer investments from £1,000 up to £3 million. Debt and equity packages are available to Welsh SMEs. They can invest up to £5 million in any one business over multiple funding rounds. Businesses who have been trading in Wales for more than two years can apply for a fast track decision on loans between £1,000 and £5,000. SMEs can apply online through the Finance Wales site with a funding decision being made in just two days.
Email info@financewales.co.uk to find out more.

 

 

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Update on the future of the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus

August 2016

Members of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority agreed a proposal in June to secure the future of the popular National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus. Proposals agreed at the meeting in June came from a Member/Officer working group which was set up last year in response to substantial budget cuts from Welsh Government. The working group considered the best way forward for the Centre.

The Visitor Centre as it is currently run is due to close on the 1st October. Moving forward there will be a change to how the café and tea rooms are run, with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority looking to run it as a franchise and the Authority will be seeking a partner to take over from April 2017. Franchising out the café will offer a more sustainable model and a new commercial opportunity in the area – any businesses interested should contact the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority which will be following usual procurement processes. Existing catering staff are expected to retain their terms and conditions and move to the new franchise.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Members agreed back in June that there would be a staffed information centre on the site throughout the high season (Easter to October Half Term) backed up by an unstaffed information point in the winter months which will be located in the café and tearooms.

The plan considered by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority members proposed a more commercial model intended to ensure the future of the Centre. The plan will mean that visitors continue to enjoy a visitor centre with amenities including toilets, car park, café, seasonal shop and information point.

 

The Big Lottery Fund-Community Development Support
Rural Programme: Community Development Support
Area: Wales
Total available: £2m for Community Development Support
Application deadline: 1pm, Tuesday 15th November 2016

Through the Rural Programme we are investing £13.5 million to tackle rural poverty in Wales. Our aim is to make great things happen in rural communities in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire. The first stage of the Rural Programme is Community Development Support. Approximately £2 million has been set aside for community development support grants which will be up to seven years in length. This is because our research and consultation identified how rural communities sometimes lack the capacity to identify assets that will make improvements.

Up to four grants are available to empower rural communities to develop their own ideas to overcome challenges they face which are linked to poverty. Funding is available to third sector-led partnerships to support communities which have a population of under 10,000 within the nine local authority areas.
We are looking for potential applicants to work in partnership to achieve the following:

  • Rural communities are brought together to work in partnership and map the strengths and challenges within their community
  • Rural communities are empowered to develop their own solutions to address poverty
  • Approaches to community development are evaluated and disseminated to inform future work in rural areas.
Successful applicants will also be able to award micro grants of up to £750 to rural communities. There will be a broad remit as to what they can be used for, as long as they have an underlying aim of addressing rural poverty in their communities, and can be considered value for money.

Full information can be found here

Brecon Beacons Tourism Members Meeting
The next Members meeting will be held on Tuesday September 20th at the White House Country Inn , Sennybridge from 10.00am- 1.00pm

Advice from Superfast Broadband and usual Member updates

Brecon Beacons Ambassador
Click here for the next dates for the much loved Ambassador Course.

Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards
As many of you are aware we have recently launched the inaugural Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards which are taking place on Thursday 10th November at The Manor Hotel, Crickhowell.

Entries have now closed. Good luck to everyone who has applied

Members Meeting-June 21st at Cradoc Golf Club
Thank you to everyone who attended our members meeting at Cradoc Golf Club. Presentations delivered can be found by clicking the following links; BBT presentation, Finance Wales and Cradoc Golf Club. Minutes can be found here.

Send Your Applications in for the Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards
Brecon Beacons Tourism is celebrating its 10th year with the first ever Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards! Click here for full details...
Dates for your Diary 2016
Click here to see a full list of member, training and social events we have arranged for 2016.
New Member Recruitment Incentive
Recruit new BBT members and get up to 100% off your 2017 membership fees!
We are offering BBT members the chance to have their 2017 membership discounted or for free if you can actively recruit one or more new members during 2016!! For every new member recruited we will give you 25% off your membership fee for 2017 up to a maximum of 100%*

*To access this offer, you will need to ensure that the new member application forms are completed and correct payments are submitted to our office. For further information email info@breconbeaconstourism.co.uk. Note: This offer excludes recruitment of supplier members and retail membership.
Brecon at a Glance- Town Map and Guide
To view our online version of the much loved Brecon at a Glance leaflet then please click here.
Our Essential Guide to the Brecon Beacons are hot off the press!
Our essential guide to the Brecon Beacons, exclusively for our members to give out to their visitors, are hot off the press! They will be distributed by Pear Communications in the next couple of weeks, so look out for these exciting new guides. Download here.

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Major Events and Festivals 2016
There are so many exciting events and festivals taking place in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 2016. Click here for full list of dates
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