Calling all foodies, dog lovers and fans of the New Forest.
COVID-19 has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of small British businesses - particularly in the tourism and events sector due to restrictions on travel and gatherings. However, with your help, the Lighthouse Marketing annual events; Dogstival and the Lymington Seafood Festival have a bright and secure future.
There is hope....
Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their event tickets, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date, when this crisis is all over.
Our Local Solent Enterprise Partnership is offering to match fund with a grant the money raised by this appeal. So for every £ you donate to us or spend on a ticket voucher, we will receive a matched amount of public funds.
Lighthouse Marketing Events is a small family run business that delivers two large scale annual events that are an important part of the local economy.
Lymington Seafood Festival which will be in its fourth year for 2020 is a free event for the public to attend. It supports over 100 local food traders, restaurants, chefs, musicians and small local suppliers. Offering a fun weekend of gourmet food & drink, live music and chef demonstrations. Its raises vital funds and awareness for local charities that have included the Lymington RNLI, Sail 4 Cancer, the Blue Marine Foundation and for this year Sailability that offers sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. With over 12,000 people in attendance each year it also brings vital funds into the wider local tourism economy via hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions.
Our second event Dogstival launched in 2019 as a vehicle to promote the New Forest as a dog friendly destination whilst working with key stakeholders to promote responsible dog ownership across the New Forest. The ultimate day out for you and your dog the weekend is fun for all the family with main arena displays, fun dog shows, talks and demonstrations from dog trainers, live music, food and drink and lots of have a go activities for you and your dog including agility, flyball and the K9 dock and dive pool.
Our event supports a multitude of small regional businesses and charities including Hampshire Hounds, Canine Partners, Medical Detection Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Due to Covid-19 our 2020 event has been postponed from its original date in May until 5th and 6th Sept. Pending further guidance on whether large scale events can proceed later in the year.
Despite our continual work to access funding through the channels intended to support businesses like ours (grants, loans, insurance), as it stands we have been unable to access any of it and have had no income since the pandemic started.
We are reaching out to our community to help support our small business, committed staff, contractors, traders and musicians by either donating a small amount so we can continue to deliver our events OR buy a voucher for a ticket to our event Dogstival.
Due to the current uncertainty we are making the ticket vouchers as flexible as possible.
They are valid for Dogstival 2020 (should it be able to go ahead as planned on the postponed date of 5th and 6th Sept) or they will be valid for Dogstival 2021 on 15th and 16th May and or Dogstival 2022 on 14th and 15th May.
So there is plenty of time for to you to come to visit and enjoy yourselves at one of our events. We know it's hard times for many people out there. Every little bit is hugely appreciated and goes a long way.
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Thanks so much and stay safe.x
Why don't you get a grant from the government. I thought they were providing lots of money for small businesses, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry?
The issue is that we currently aren't eligible to apply for the small business relief grants that were announced. We are one of the many who pay rates through our landlord not direct to the Council
What about a business loan or insurance?
We like many smaller events are not covered by our insurance for a pandemic. Loans are proving problematic as we have been unable to get one from our bank so far. The government backed loans are just not getting through to the businesses that need them