As a member of Visit Buckinghamshire and The Chilterns, you have access to expert advice and practical support to help you run a successful business.
Buckinghamshire Business First
Through our partnership with Buckinghamshire Business First, we are able to offer a range of resources to help you develop your business. We have retail, food & drink and tourism advisers on hand, and an adviser who can offer general business advice, including a business review or health check. We can do this over the phone via a surgery call, or we can come to you.
We have many examples of businesses and owners that have flourished after receiving support including;
- Orchard View Farm Owner Jim Mackellar who gained more time away from day-to-day tasks to focus on business growth. Read more here >
- The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre was able to access tourism support and forge local partnerships that have helped the business build a solid platform for growth. Read more here >
You can sign up separately to become a member of Buckinghamshire Business First and also feature on their business directory with over 12,000 other local business. It is free and by becoming a member of both Buckinghamshire Business First and Visit Buckinghamshire you are giving your tourism business the best chance of success.
Growth Programme - advice and grants available
In addition, tourism and hospitality businesses can access support via the Buckinghamshire Business First Growth Programme. Businesses can access free, practical and high-impact 1:1 support tailored to their business needs via the fully-funded Growth Advice Programme*.
Members can also apply for a Growth Grant* of up to £5,000 to help their business invest in projects to boost growth. Whether you are considering a project to increase sales, productivity or profitability, or to improve business processes, this match-funded grant can potentially fund up to a third of the total cost. Read how Malt the Brewery increased its sales and profile thanks to a Growth Grant >
*Eligibility criteria applies
Our aim is to help you grow your business and to provide you and your team with a range of additional skills which also improve the visitor experience. In partnership with Buckinghamshire Business First we have created a raft of support to help businesses survive and bounce back, including a Power Hour, Mastermind sessions with other business owners and one-to-one strategy surgeries with experts.
There are lots of other really useful and often free courses available for businesses, from customer care to business finance and marketing, on the Buckinghamshire Business First website.
Support from Visit England
VisitEngland’s Business Advice Hub features a dedicated section containing the support available to tourism businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, from funding to guidance on mental health.
Information signposted to includes:
- Government support finder tool
- Skills Toolkit
- Tips on securing finance
- Decontamination advice for hotel rooms
- Support webinars