Latest Updates and Government Guidance

COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (Roadmap)

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’. This document sets out the details of the final roadmap step (Step 4) as we transition out of lockdown.

Step 3 – 17 May

Update to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance (England) May 17 is set to be the next significant step on the roadmap out of lockdown as most indoor places will reopen. Step three of the government’s roadmap will see pubs and restaurants reopen indoors for the first time in months, meaning you won’t have […]

Tours and Transport Services Resume

UK Government announces countries on the red, amber and green list In a press conference on May 7th Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that non-essential international leisure travel from England will be permitted from 17 May, but strict border control measures will remain in place. The Global Travel Taskforce’s traffic light system, which classifies countries […]

Ongoing Work In Progress

We find ourselves transitioning through an unprecedented public health emergency, which is having an impact on all of our businesses.  Skipton BID is working on a number of projects and initiatives to support levy payers during the ongoing pandemic.

In collaboration with Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council we are currently developing a town recovery plan, progressing with a refresh of branding for Welcome to Skipton, and supporting our businesses in government guidance updates, information on grant and funding opportunities and the town reopening guidance as we come out of the January 4th imposed lockdown.

Skipton BID remains open and operational, and as your Business Improvement District our role is to support our member businesses through these difficult times.  To do this we have created a three-point action plan in line with our business goals, that we will implement to keep you informed, share your messages and best practices, and represent our members.

1. Keeping Businesses Informed

Every Tuesday morning we host a town partnership meeting with representatives of Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council to discuss pending actions, raise business and community concerns and plan for the months ahead.

We will use our communication channels including this webpage, as well as our e-news and social media channels to keep you up to date with the latest developments and guidance around Coronavirus.  We will include links to the latest health messages and direct you to the most recent and relevant information on business related matters.

Action: Submit your questions for discussion to

2. Sharing Advice and Best Practices on Business Recovery Podcasts

In collaboration with Rombalds Radio we’ve created a series of six podcasts in conversation with business and industry experts from the Skipton area to share their advice, answer your questions and highlight best practice examples.

Tune into and subscribe to the series – available on apple, google & spotify. Discover the advice you never knew you needed!

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Furlough and how to bring your employees back to work
  • Managing finances and CIBLs loan repayment
  • Hospitality, tourism and marketing out of a pandemic
  • Business reinvention – adapting, pivoting and diversifying business to a new post-pandemic market
  • Finance including government-backed loans

3. Promoting Skipton

The speed at which the Coronavirus situation is moving means the true impact on businesses is yet to be seen. We will represent our town and businesses at regional virtual forums and by engaging with key decision makers in both local and central government, to ensure they understand the impact on businesses and the town.

We will also work with our partners in the town and district councils on the Skipton Plackemaking Group for a co-ordinated approach to promoting Skipton both as a place to run a business as well as a place to visit.

Action: Subscribe to our e-news for regular updates and opportunities to get involved and promote your business. Enter your email at the bottom of our homepage,

If you want to send any information to Skipton BID directly for promotion contact or send us a DM on any of our @SkiptonBID social media channels of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
And be sure to use #AtHomeInSkipton on your own content so we can help extend your reach.