translate icon

Ways to help you with your Business


Free Assistance for your Business - Funding Agreed

We aim to help you improve your bottom line through specialist coaching, workshops and masterclasses for your tourism business...

...whether it is learning from other businesses, making social media work for you, filling your quiet times, the BAD (Bookings, Arrivals and Departures) challenge, increasing visitor spend, tackling a long-standing issue with the help of an expert tourism adviser or seeking to grow your turnover or profitability, Destination Staffordshire Support for Tourism Businesses offers a great opportunity to help you grow your business.

ERDF funding will only cover funding for SMEs.  Please look at the terms of assistance to see if you are covered.


Check out our dates >>>


ERDF funding

ERDF stands for European Regional Development Fund which with the European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is funded by European Structural and Investment Funds. The funds are from the European Union for projects that create jobs and economic growth. We were able to gain further funding for our support programme until the end of 2019.


SME stands for small or medium sized enterprise. Under the New SME definition from the European Commission (2.2.1) an establishment should have:

  • Turnover less £25 million
  • Gross Assets less the £12.5 million
  • Employ less than 250 (FTE) employees and that does not include apprentices.
  • The business can not be owned by a non-SME.




How to Tweet 

Wikipedia defines Twitter as: "a website which offers a social networking /microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read other users' messages." It allows you to answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short messages - ‘tweets', to your ‘followers'.

It has become a marketing phenomenon amongst business, from international brands to small businesses.

The trick is to say what you want in a short amount of space - a maximum of 140 characters! Not as simple as it sounds but when it's done right it can be a very effective way of promoting your brand and getting your name out there.

So follow our steps to Tweet success...


Rural Funding Opportunities

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced funding boost for rural businesses across England. £120 million of funding will be made available to support farmers, grow businesses, and generate thousands of jobs in rural communities.


Rural and farm businesses will be able to apply for the next round of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme, which will help new businesses get off the ground and support existing companies to grow, develop new products and access new export markets.
For further information please follow the links below:

Rural Hub presentation
Rural Tourism Infrastructure handbook
Business Development handbook
EOI Guidance


Partner News


Conference on the Road

Come and meet us. We are on the road again this spring!

We will be making an appearance at your local Swap Shop where along with picking up the new leaflets, we invite you for lunch and a taster Digital Marketing workshop.

28 March 2017

Rodbaston Hall

10:00 - 15:00
including a chance for a trip round the Animal Zone attraction.

30 March 2017

Staffordshire Moorlands District Offices and Nicholson Museum

10:00 - 15:00

31 March 2017

Drayton Manor Park - Tower Suite

10:00 - 15:00

This new online ticketing platform offers a considerable added benefit to both web visitors and attraction/event partners. Visitors will have the option to book tickets online without hidden booking fees, as well as offering you the opportunity to expand your audience and sell your tickets to the users of each year.  The new platform can be used by attractions, event organisers and tour guides amd benefits include:

  • no setup fee or minimum contract period

  • a competitive commission rate on tickets sold via

  • complete control over your ticketing and prices through a dedicated admin area

  • weekly payment of income from any sales generated through

  • benefit of the huge reach online of, including powerful search engine rankings for keywords relevant to attractions, what’s on and things to do, some of the biggest drivers of traffic to our website.

How do I sign up?

For more information please contact Max Manza at or Kim Wagstaff

You are accepting third-party cookies. powered by NVG