A pioneer of the meetings and events industry, and founder of the Fast Forward 15 mentoring programme, Fay will play an active role in the team allocating the £40million fund and will focus on helping forward thinking organisations involved in business tourism, meetings and events.
The fund will support the growth of one of England’s most successful industries, inbound tourism, which generates £106 billion a year and employs over 2 million people.
In the first year, the fund will focus on small-scale projects whilst looking at ways to distribute existing products. Applicants from meetings and events and ancillary companies are particularly being encouraged to bid for funding, allowing them to test and trial new event ideas, whilst also generating awareness and growth for an ever expanding industry. The closing date for first stage funding is midday on 15 July.
Funding for large scale projects in years’ two and three are also currently open, involving a two stage application process. An expression of interest should be submitted by October 2016 and, if successful, applicants will be invited to go through to full application in November 2016.
Speaking about the Discover England Fund, Fay commented: “England’s meetings and events industry has so much to offer and I really encourage people to get their bids in now. The funding will not only support the domestic market, but also persuade overseas event bookers to look further afield and explore different regions of the UK. I look forward to working with the team at Visit Britain to develop ideas and can’t wait to offer my experience and expertise.”
To apply click here: visitbritain.org/how-apply