Initially conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 NE1 lobbied for and awarded over £470,000 to more than 200 businesses to allow them to improve and increase their outdoor space, giving businesses the opportunity to trade throughout restrictions and safeguarding many businesses and jobs.
Over £470,000 awarded
4,590 jobs safeguarded
225 businesses received grants
In response to the introduction of 'outdoor service only' restrictions as part of the Covid-19 pandemic NE1 acted quickly to support and encourage as many businesses as possible to operate outdoors.
After successfully lobbying Newcastle City Council and the North of Tyne Combined Authority, NE1 was able to offer 4 rounds of grants, expanding and continuing the programme over 18 months and to include more diverse businesses across the city.
Small grants of between £500 and £2,000 in rounds 1 and 2 were awarded to businesses that operated their outdoor space on a Pavement Cafe License. In round 3, grants of between £500 - £3000 were awarded, and in round 4 of the scheme, the criteria was expanded so businesses operating their outdoor service space on private land would be eligible to benefit following feedback from previously ineligible businesses.
As a result of the programme Newcastle city centre's pavement cafe culture flourished and thrived, with creative outdoor spaces created and maintained throughout the city and remaining in place post-Covid.
More than 4,500 jobs were safeguarded and businesses large and small were able to trade in the face of difficult restrictions, a testament to NE1's agile nature.
“The NE1 Hospitality grant was a huge benefit to our business, it enabled us to develop our cloister garden to create a tranquil outdoor eating area, increasing our alfresco dining capacity by more than 70%. This most recent round of funding has enabled up to expand the outdoor eating areas even further just in time for summer. We cannot thank NE1 enough for giving us access to this much-needed funding after suffering such a financial loss during the pandemic.”
Hooked On Group
“The support grants that have been made available by NE1 have allowed Vaulkhard Leisure to accelerate investment in our sites in very uncertain times. The fact that the grants were available made us look at specific challenges and gave us confidence in capital projects knowing that NE1 was onside with financial, but also planning support. The grants have stimulated investment, secured jobs and created outdoor spaces that I hope improve the offer for our customers and other users of the city centre in terms of visual impact and varied options. Thanks NE1, another great added extra.”
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