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Tourism Catering Support
Programme (TCSP) :
1998 - 1999

With the continuing decline in agriculture across the Region and the recent job losses in the manufacturing sector, the importance of tourism local economy cannot be underestimated. Indeed, almost 10% of the Region's workforce is employed in the tourism sector. In line with the Region's Tourism strategy, Groundbase is supporting the industry with a range of programmes designed to consolidate and enhance existing operations as well as encouraging and developing new initiatives to attract an increasing number of visitors to the area.

During 1995-1997, the various projects run under this programme provided substantial support for the development of tourism accommodation, catering, attraction enhancement, new technology support and sectoral development schemes. More details of this are available in Tourism Development : 1995-1997.

This page details current programmes and illustrates them with recent case studies.

for 1998-1999 :

Successfully piloted in 1997, this programme aims to improve the quality of catering and customer service in restaurants and tea rooms in recognised tourist destinations. New and existing businesses are eligible and grants of up to 50% may be awarded (to a maximum of £ 10,000 Pounds Sterling), to assist with the conversion of premises, upgrade of kitchen facilities and appliances, and to improve disabled and toilet facilities. Participation in relevant training courses such as 'Scotland's Best' and 'Natural Cooking of Scotland' are conditions of grant support, these courses being run through Dumfries & Galloway Enterprise. 21 projects had been supported by the end of September 1998.

Aims of TCSP :

Eligible Groups :

  • New or existing independently-owned and managed restaurants and tea-shops.

Examples of Eligible Projects :

  • Conversion of Premises.
  • Upgrades of Kitchens and Appliances.
  • Improvements to Access and Toilet Facilities.

Discretionary Grants :

  • Up to 50% (excluding Value Added Tax).
  • Maximum grant value £ 10,000.
  • Minimum grant value £ 500.

Comments :

  • Maximum of 10 employees.
  • Staff to participate in customer care training and revevant chefs' seminars.

Case Studies

Masonic Arms, Gatehouse-of-Fleet :
Funding under the Tourism Catering Support Programme to improve the restaurant facilities.
Plumed Horse Restaurant, Crossmichael :
Funding under the Tourism Catering Support Programme to improve the kitchen facilities and to furnish and equip the upper dining area.
Crows Nest Palnackie, Palnackie :
Funding under the Tourism Catering Support Programme to extend and redecorate the cafe.
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