Free membership to the Great Sussex Way for local businesses

  To ensure businesses benefit from the support on offer, The Great Sussex Way is offering FREE membership to local businesses who are being encouraged to sign up. 

The Great Sussex Way (GSW), Chichester District’s new-look tourism board is working to protect and grow the local visitor economy both in the short and long term. The GSW held its first business seminar to support the industry through Covid-19. 

The new CEO, Danielle Dunfield, has arranged a programme of events to help businesses access support on offer. The first of these events was supported by the Chichester District Council who were on hand to run through available support schemes and how they can be applied for. Following the success of the event, another is planned with Visit England where national grants and schemes will be talked through.

For the businesses to sign up, they will benefit from advertising and marketing campaigns, actively promoting the area to visitors. GSW's passion is to showcase the full variety and brilliance of the area. Their aim is to encourage people to visit, to help boost the economy after the pandemic. 

After the seminar, Gwendolyn Van Paasschen, from Denmans Garden said, “The Great Sussex Way team, through their Zoom calls and encouragement have been a lifeline to us over the past nine months.  They are a sensational group and have made all the difference, for which I will forever be grateful.  I am, perhaps, their biggest fan.”

 Longer-term, The Great Sussex Way, that has evolved from Visit Chichester, is developing a series of sector-specific, and district-wide events and promotions to help the visitor economy bounce back once Covid restrictions have been lifted. This will be hugely beneficial as this year’s forecasts for the UK visitor economy, although up from 2020, are expected to be well below the pre-Covid levels. Data from the UK's leading tourist boards expect to welcome just a fifth of international visitors and domestic spending to reach two-thirds of 2019 levels. 

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