Dr Neil Hudson visited a number of Bed and Breakfast businesses in Penrith and The Border last week providing his continuing support for the tourism industry which is so important to Cumbria.
Throughout the pandemic, Dr Neil Hudson MP has worked closely with many tourism-based businesses aiding many of them to access grants, loans and other support measures such as the furlough scheme to support their business. He has also worked together with Cumbria Tourism to promote businesses as they re-opened. Acknowledging that the tourism and hospitality sector has been severely impacted by this crisis Neil spoke out in the House of Commons on Thursday 9th July, where he thanked businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector for their tireless efforts to ensure they could re-open safely and in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.
Nick Trentham owner of The Old Croft House in Kirkby Stephen stated after Neil's visit last week “After the advice and assistance we received during the early stages of the pandemic we feel more confident to be able weather this uncertain time in our sector. It was a pleasure to meet Neil and make him aware of our positive outcome”
Neil Hudson MP commented after the visits "It is so fantastic to see so many of these bed and breakfast businesses beginning to bounce back after what has been and continues to be a difficult year for everyone. I was delighted to see many businesses had been able to access grants including the discretionary grants that I and other colleagues pushed Government for, and had utilised these schemes to ensure their business could continue. I have urged the Government to keep these sectors, which may be slower to recover, under review, with additional Government support provided if necessary, to help them through to the next full season."