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** RoD Grant to Support Visit Cambridge and Beyond Whilst it Develops a Business Plan

To offer immediate financial support to Visit Cambridge and Beyond, comprising a three-month rental holiday worth £9,000, plus an initial sum of £43,000 to provide urgent support to VCB to enable payment of creditors and running costs. This is in order to avoid insolvency whilst a business plan can be developed.

This sum provides for 50% of VCB’s costs from April to the end of June 2020. Other VCB members have been contacted to request payment of the remaining 50% (£52,000), but the Council has budgetary provision to meet this if required.

The first payment is to be made as a grant, on condition that the VCB Board and Managing Director work with partners to develop a medium-term plan for consideration by the end of May 2020. This will allow for consultation of staff if necessary and implementation in July 2020, if appropriate.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/04/2020

Decision due: 2 Jul 2020 by Strategic Director (SH)

Contact: Suzanne Hemingway, Strategic Director Email: Suzanne.Hemingway@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: This item will automatically appear on the agenda for scrutiny.

Background Information: Officer decision.

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