Business Funding & Support Opportunities
Visit Hull & East Yorkshire working with partners are determined to support businesses to establish, market and reinvest in the future of the tourism industry in the region. We will list any opportunities we have to access funding or business support below.
Discover England Fund (DEF) Coastal Pass
Feature your business for free in a new Pass for the East Coast!
The National Coastal Tourism Academy is working with Visit Hull & East Yorkshire on a pioneering new project to create a Coastal Pass, to encourage visitors from the Netherlands to holiday on the east coast during off-season months.
The Pass is a new travel tool allowing holidaymakers to create their own itineraries and book places to stay, to eat and visit while watching interactive videos. This new technology is proving to be very successful in the retail sector and it is exciting to be a part of its introduction to the tourism sector.
The videos will feature the majestic beauty of this stretch of coast from the port of Hull through to Harwich, showcasing its sweeping beaches, captivating nature reserves, bustling market towns, historic houses, walking and cycling nature trails, cosy pubs and restaurants, as well as a wide range of bookable attractions and accommodation.
Why not have your business included? This is a unique opportunity to boost bookings during the off-peak season and to promote your business to a wider audience. And best of all, it’s completely free!
If you would like to participate, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following:
• An image of your business: this can be landscape or portrait shaped and the file size should be minimum 300kb and maximum 2mb.
• A brief description of your business: between 30 to 50 words telling us what you are. This will show in a pop up box that will appear when viewers click on the video.
• Your web address and, if relevant, your booking url (weblink) on your relevant booking site (e.g. booking.com)
• And, if you wish, details of a special offer: if you would like to include an offer that is specific to bookings made through the Pass, please provide:
˗ The name of the offer
˗ Brief description of what it is – up to 50 words
˗ Terms and conditions and validity
The Coastal Pass will initially be targeted at the Dutch market and will be presented at their largest consumer travel show (Vakantiebeurs – attracting up to 130,000 consumers) in January. To ensure you’re included in the Pass in time for the show, please respond by 15th December.
One final point to note: as this is a Government funded project, if you participate you will be required to declare that you have not received more that €200,000 from public funds (i.e. government project funds) in the last three years. If your company has been in receipt of this you will unfortunately be ineligible for inclusion in the Coastal Pass.
If you have any questions concerning the Coastal Pass, please do get in touch. In the meantime we hope you will want to participate and look forward to hearing from you by 15th December.
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP)
The ESIF TAP is a partnership made up of a number of organisations who work together across the Humber and North Yorkshire areas with the purpose of promoting access to the 2014-2020 ESIF Programmes of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).
The partnership is led by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and supported by a further four local authorities, two universities, four colleges, and four companies limited by guarantee/charities and is itself part funded by ERDF and ESF.
If you are interested in learning about the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) or want to know how to apply for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) or the European Social Fund (ESF), help and support is available to you through the Technical Assistance Partnership.
•Promotes the ESIF Programme (ERDF and ESF) to potential project applicants through publicity events, our website, publications and workshops
•Provides information, advice, guidance and support to potential applicants during the application process for ERDF and ESF
•Hosts brokerage and partnership development seminars
•Runs workshops to explain the requirements of ERDF and ESF throughout the project life cycle
Please contact us at:-
Telephone: 01482 391683 or 01482 391663