Government offers some help to coach companies

Coach operators have been badly hit by the international coronavirus lockdown. Customers and agents were shocked when Shearings, a large and well-known coach holiday provider, recently collapsed into administration. David Urquhart Travel has also closed its coach holiday operations for good, whilst several long-lived family coach companies have ceased operating.

Finally, however, the Government has heard industry appeals and more financial help is now available for this sector.

Following discussions between The Tourism Alliance and the Local Government Association, coach/tour operators can now apply to their local authority for grants of up to £25,000 from the new £617 million Discretionary Grant Fund.

The amount of the payment is at the local authority’s discretion. Businesses that have already been successful in applying for business rates relief will not be eligible.

Coach Tourism Association chair John Wales said:

‘The Tourism Alliance has been very successful in getting coach companies added to the list of businesses who can apply for funding from the new discretionary fund. The CTA would strongly recommend that any members in this position should apply for a discretionary grant as soon as possible’.

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