Tourism Business Support & Advice

From business support workshops, face to face business advice and on-line toolkits, there are a number of ways you can access the support you need to grow your tourism business in The National Forest.


VisitBritain/VisitEngland publish a wide range of useful business support resources covering all the things you need to know about either starting up a new tourism business or growing an existing one.  Find practical information on where to get help when starting up, as well as understand your legal obligations with The Pink Book Online, the guide to legislation for accommodation providers in England. Explore their Online Marketing Toolkit, a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of digital marketing, and gain an insight into what different target markets are looking for. Find out how to cater for the growing accessible tourism market and follow VisitBritain’s/VisitEngland’s easy to use Accessibility Guide website. Discover how to apply for a prestigious VisitEngland Award for Excellence or read all about the benefits of gaining a quality grading by participating in VisitEngland’s National Quality Assessment Schemes for accommodation and visitor attractions.

Derbyshire Tourism Business Support

Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire have secured £1.49m European Regional Growth Fund (ERDF) funding to deliver a bespoke programme of tourism business support for tourism businesses across Derbyshire. The support available comprises a range of full and half-day workshops themed around:

  • Accessibility
  • Environmental
  • Quality Marque/Green
  • International
  • General business support including social media, PR, business finance etc

One to one expert advice may also be available to you; whether you have a particular issue that you need help and advice with or are looking to build on information that you received at one of the workshops, this support is aimed at helping your business grow and thrive.

To access the programme you must be:

  • A tourism business
  • Located in Derbyshire
  • A small to medium enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees

To find out if you’re eligible, please complete contact Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire by telephone on 01246 212924.  If you’d like to see what workshops are on offer, link through to the Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire business support page.

Staffordshire Tourism Business Support

Destination Staffordshire is able to offer fully-funded assistance for tourism businesses across Staffordshire. Delivered by Winning Moves, the business support programme can provide eligible tourism businesses with a tailored package of support to suit your business and your needs. The support available comprises:

  • Up to 24 hours of 1-2-1 coaching, provided by expert business consultants giving advice on ways to improve all aspects of your business, from products/services to processes and people performance
  • Specialist workshops and masterclasses giving you and your team practical skills and capabilities that will help you manage and grow your business
  • Review of productivity so when your customers are spending more, you’re reducing your costs

To access the programme you must be:

  • A tourism business
  • Located in Staffordshire
  • A small to medium enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees

To find out if you’re eligible, please complete the Expression of Interest form or contact Winning Moves at  If you’d like to see what workshops or masterclasses are on offer, link through to the Staffordshire Tourism Business Support Eventbrite page.