Grants available to boost tourism businesses


Emily Davies

A TOURISM-BOOSTING grant should be taken up by businesses in Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley, according to the local Assembly Member.
Ken Skates AM is urging companies in his constituency to apply for the Wrexham Council fund to grow the local economy off the back of the World Heritage Site at Froncysyllte and the surrounding area.
Up to £5,000 can be awarded to individual businesses as part of the initiative.
“Thousands of visitors come to the World Heritage Site every year, but most don’t stay in the area or spend much of their money here,” said the Labour AM for Clwyd South.
“Wrexham Council’s business team has grant funding available for companies and social enterprises that are looking to develop tourism-related activities. They can offer up to £5,000, which could be a great help to anyone with a great idea but who is struggling with the finance to develop it.”
The grants are awarded on a match-funding basis, meaning the organisation would need to be willing to invest the same amount it is requesting from the council.
Mr Skates added: “I’m sure there are many businesses and social enterprises in Clwyd South which could benefit from this excellent scheme which aims to enhance the collective tourism offer of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the World Heritage Site and our region as a whole.
“Attracting more visitors to the area and improving what’s on offer to them when they’re here could provide the local economy with a real shot in the arm for the future.”
The grant scheme is being managed by the council on behalf of Wrexham Tourism Forum, and is funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government’s Cynefin initiative, which aims to bring together and improve local communities.
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