Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Business Development Officer Report


It is clear that these past 6 months have not been easy across the country, specifically for cultural and hospitality venues, and the new measures in place will continue to cause us great issue. 

Had we not seen COVID 19 I believe we would be in a period of growth currently, but that is not the case.  It has not been pleasant working on figures and strategies that see us in to recovery or perhaps even mothballed. 

Scheduled works and return to business

The contractors, MD Group, are on site and undertaking the agreed schedule of works.  Due to Covid restrictions and the knock on effect to the supply chain we will be unable to fit new windows until January.  Leaving us with the likelihood of February as a reopen date.  This may change.

Financial Statement

Should we go ahead with opening in February, we are forecasting 21% savings on expenditure and thanks to emergency response funding we will drop 36% of our annual earned income. 

If we choose to reopen in April, we are forecasting 29% savings on expenditure and with the emergency response funding will drop 47% of our annual earned income. 

In terms of the projected outcome for the 20/21 budget, please see RFO report.

21/22 Budget

We have been cautious with our income, but also included the possibilities of expansion within the grant income line.  We did not want to request any greater sum as a precept than we have in previous years, but there is a necessary rise. 

There are 2 draft budgets for your review. See RFO report.

All figures are take in to account government guidelines and their associated reductions to audience numbers, previous year’s figures as well as customer surveys in terms of interest.

I must advise that we are working with many variables and there are no assurances that our forecasting for this year and the next will even be valid this time next month. 

Cultural Recovery Fund

Please refer to the document Government Cultural Recovery Fund Application.  Please review this and I am happy to answer any questions that arise from this document.

Records Retention Schedule

Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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