We understand the concerns of businesses in Liverpool City Region around the COVID-19 outbreak and are working with the Local Growth Hub and other partners to bring you the latest news and advice available in this fast changing situation.
As the weeks unfold, and more information becomes available, we will be sharing the Local Growth Hub’s series of blogs which collate top resources from local and national sources, to help you build awareness of the support available and how you can support frontline staff.
Call for PPE Equipment
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has launched an urgent call for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline key workers supporting the region’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.
The equipment needed is:
- Hand sanitiser (at least 70 per cent alcohol based)
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable aprons
- Protective face masks
- Protective eye goggles
- Protective gowns
- Clinical waste bags
Donations are hugely welcomed but payment can be arranged for suppliers of suitable products provided in significant volumes to meet current requirements.
If you are able to provide any of these items please complete the form here
This week’s top resources for building business resilience during COVID-19 include:
10 steps to take now
The Growth Platform have developed 10 actions for businesses to take immediately in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve outlined ways to keep your employees safe, manage self-isolation as well as assess risks.
Providing the right tools and advice to help you during this global pandemic, will equip you with the best chance of success.
Click here to see which steps you should take.
Growth Platform Helpline
In these challenging circumstances, we understand the need to talk directly to someone to help make sense of the uncertainty. This is why their #HereToHelp team are on hand to assist businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Please do get in touch by calling 01517051985 and they will do their best to assist.
Local information hubs and helplines have also been set up across the region by Wirral Chamber, St Helen’s Chamber, Knowsley Chamber, Halton Chamber and Sefton Council, Please do get in touch with your local partners.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s support package
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has announced tailored business support for socially trading organisations. The package will see a £65,000 support fund to help those cope with the impact of COVID-19. You can read the full details of the announcement here.
In addition, the Metro Mayor has launched the ‘LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Support Fund’, a crowdfunding campaign to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. It is a crucial time to promote unity among local businesses and support them so they can work together to tackle this challenging time head on.
Click here to find out more about the LCR support package.
IoD Coronavirus support hub
IoD have developed a Coronavirus support hub, designed to provide businesses with the latest advice, information and resources necessary to support them. The site brings together a community of global directors, giving those businesses leaders the ability to lead their teams clearly and effectively during this time of uncertainty.
With so much misinformation being distributed, it is key for Coronavirus support pages to ensure they have reliable resources. IoD are in direct contact with the government to not only provide their readers with verified information, but to also give the government feedback from local businesses.
Click here to view IoD’s Coronavirus support hub.
The CBI Coronavirus Support hub
The CBI is developing a series of webinars on Coronavirus, providing insight and analysis as to how businesses can best navigate the outbreak. The webinars provide visual and engaging advice pieces, which are clearly broken down into specific topics so businesses can easily access the advice they need.
The website also gives users a chance to reach out to their advisors for direct support. It also allows businesses to get in touch regarding what action must be taken which they will feedback to central government to ensure their actions and measures are timely and effective.
Click here to access the CBI’s Coronavirus support hub.
Navigating Uncertainty with Form – video series
Form Studio has developed a 4-part video series as to how businesses can best navigate these uncertain times. Their key message is to help businesses Survive, Stabilise and Sustain.
The short, engaging clips include tips as to how business can manage their numbers and cash flow during the crisis, as well as providing ideas for growth beyond the crisis. The videos each come with a free corresponding google sheet, to help businesses take action on the advice given.
Click here to watch the video series.
The Growth Platform have been surveying local businesses on a weekly basis to ensure they are providing what is needed.
Their first business survey has provided vital intelligence on how businesses across the City Region are being affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Headline figures show that:
These findings will help inform the local response to the crisis working with Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram and the Combined Authority.
To take the survey, click here
LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL ADVICE CAN BE FOUND HERE
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ADVICE CAN BE FOUND HERE
Whilst we will continue to monitor the situation and update our site when more information is released we advise you visit the Government website for the most up to date and accurate information.
Please be aware the information provided above is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance.