COVID-19 Update: Tourism Webinars Episode 2 & 3 - Self Employment & Access to Finance (3rd April 2020)

Posted 01 Apr, 2020

Tourism has been at the front line of coronavirus’ business and economic impact, the Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance has been successfully lobbying the government (locally and nationally) to implement immediate measures to support the industry.

To ensure our members have access to the available support, we have developed a webinar series. Following on from the success of our webinar with Millis Selig on Financial Support and Employment law, we hosted two more episodes Tourism Coronavirus Webinars on Friday 3rd April 2020.

Episode 2: Self-Employed Support Scheme

This webinar was in partnership with Dawson and Company Chartered Accountants, a leading local accounting firm. Managing Director, Maurice Dawson gave an overview of the Self-Employed Support Scheme and addressed questions from attendees.

This webinar can be listened to here or viewed here, and a copy of Q&A’s will be available next week.

Additional for further information:

Episode 3: Access to Finance

This webinar, in partnership with Danske Bank, focused on how businesses can access finance through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. This was followed by a Q&A session. Key speakers and topics were as follows.

John Simms, Head of Central Management Branch, Department of Economy who provided an overview of the NI Executive schemes, specifically the £10k and £25K grants.

Robert McCullough, Head of Business Sector Engagement at Danske Bank UK, who gave an overview of CBILS and what information is needed to prepare for banks.

Frances Hill, Northern Ireland Agent for the Bank of England looked at its role in the finance process.

Rosemarie McHugh from TourismNI provided an overview on its available resources.

This webinar can be listened to here or viewed here with the second element here, and a copy of Q&A’s will be available next week.

Tourism NI's Helpline Number is 028 95925313, lines open Monday to Sunday 9-5 and further information can be found at:

In addition to the above, the Tourism Questionnaire on the impact of Covid-19 can be accessed at and we would encourage you all to complete it.