Virtual meetings to help business recovery

Published Monday 1 June 2020

Businesses are being asked how the Council, and other organisations, can provide further support as part its drive to help the local economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harborough District Council is hosting two virtual business meetings on 4 June and 11 June 2020 which will see Council Leader Cllr Phil King, and others, talking to a number of small, medium, and large businesses which have been invited from different sectors including retail, rural, food and drink and tourism.

The meetings will pose questions to businesses such as; ‘What innovations or diversification has your business considered’ and ‘What is the one non-financial intervention the Council could do to assist or enable your business into recovery’.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the Government’s Discretionary Business Grants Scheme which aims to help businesses which may not have been eligible for previous financial support.

Harborough District Council has recently been named as one of the top performing local authorities in England in getting Government grants to eligible businesses.

A ‘toolkit’ for shop owners (pictured) has also been created by the Council to give practical advice on social distancing and keeping customers safe in readiness for the town centre ‘re-opening’ in June 2020.

Cllr Phil King said: “We are building on the virtual meetings that have taken place with business representatives from across the district to discuss the current challenging business environment. We want to listen to businesses to understand what they need so we can respond, alongside other regional organisations, to get our local economy open and growing again and help get people back into work as safely and as quickly as possible.”   

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