Community cash boost

Two projects supporting tourism and jobs within Buckinghamshire have been successful in achieving funding through the Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

It is all part of a £200 million boost for communities across the UK.

The fund aims to support people and communities to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, Martin Tett, said: ‘Bucks is already leading the way in working with Government having earlier this year shared with them our recovery and growth proposals.

‘We are pleased that the Government has again recognised the strong local business leadership the council and its partners have, bringing in much needed investment that best supports local businesses and the development of much needed skills.’

The two successful Bucks-based projects are:

Build Back Better Tourism and Hospitality sector in Buckinghamshire (3BTHB)

Buckinghamshire Business First – £728,250 for the Build Back Better Tourism and Hospitality sector in the county. This is for a range of support work-packages to industry businesses. The work packages aim to support organisational resilience and decarbonisation in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, said: ‘Our visitor economy was hit hard during the pandemic and this funding is a fantastic opportunity to help Buckinghamshire’s tourism and hospitality sector recover and build resilience for the long term.

‘The project will support businesses and their employees to lower their carbon footprint, encourage green and accessible tourism and invest in the range of digital skills needed to improve their short, medium and longer-term productivity and sustainability.’

Tool Up mentoring into employment programme

A total of £39, 994 was received by the Neurodiverse Self Advocacy Partnership to help a mentoring into employment programme.

This offers a highly specialised tailored programme designed and led by autistic people for similar people to help make them more employable.

Marie Van Herteryck of the partnership said: ‘We start by helping to articulate strengths, set goals and provide 20 weeks of support to achieve them whether it is getting a desired job, an apprenticeship or simply to get ready to start job search.

‘Previous runs of the programme resulted in 32% of participants gaining employment.’

Aylesbury Old Town is eagerly sought out by visitors and known for its charm.