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Co-ordinated Business Support in Berkshire During COVID-19

Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) recognises that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing significant concern and disruption to businesses of all sizes and will do for the foreseeable future.

The LEP is determined to play a role in ensuring that businesses in Berkshire are able to run as efficiently as possible and remain productive.

In response to Government’s series of economic measures to help businesses, the LEP has established a Covid-19 Task & Finish Group of key stakeholders including the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub, Thames Valley Chambers of Commerce, FSB, IoD, CBI and Local Authorities to work collaboratively to ensure businesses in Berkshire are kept up to date with developments, have access to finance available and are provided with as much support as we are able to. The LEP is also working with the Southern LEPs and London LEP in sharing best practice and intelligence.

The Berkshire Growth Hub - berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk - is working with these partners across the LEP area to provide guidance and support via a daily updated service on its website. Martin Hall, Growth Hub Manager said, “We want businesses to know that whatever sector they are in and regardless of whether they are a sole trader, an SME or scale-up company, that there is support available. Before making any decisions about your business please visit the Berkshire Growth Hub website which continues to be updated with the latest government advice as well as information on the local and national support available. In addition, our business advisers can provide further advice via email, telephone or video conferencing – details of which can be found on our website.”

Alison Webster, CEO for Thames Valley Berkshire LEP said, “At a time where difficult decisions are having to be made, it is more important than ever to work together and be a collective voice. As a business-led partnership, which brings together both private and public sector organisations, we want to work with you to help our area respond. Businesses are hearing from  Government about the help available to them, but we want to ensure, at a local level, that everyone has access to the information which applies to them and that the process of acquiring that help is as straightforward and streamlined as possible. To feedback your businesses needs and give your views please email the Berkshire Growth Hub at [email protected]

We have launched our Business in Berkshire 2019 report which provides a comprehensive evidence base for all those involved in supporting local businesses. It will provide us with a good baseline of our local economy before we entered uncharted territory; help us revive the Berkshire economy; identify how it has recovered, and give us insights as to what we can do to ensure we remain the most productive sub-region (outside of London).”

 

About Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP is a company limited by guarantee; one of 38 LEPs in England competing for public funds to invest in initiatives that address barriers to economic growth. It is a strategic, business-led partnership between the private sector, local government, the community and education sectors, as well as the main business organisations. Its aim is to bring about the sustainable economic growth of Thames Valley Berkshire through the implementation of a Strategic Economic Plan and to sustain the area’s status as the most productive sub-region in the UK. For more information visit thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk

About Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub

The Berkshire Growth Hub provides impartial, fully funded support, advice and information for growing Berkshire businesses. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Oxford Innovation Services and Oxford Innovation. It is being delivered by Oxford Innovation Services. For further information, visit www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk

Read more about the Berkshire Growth Hub

Partners across the LEP area are working together to provide guidance and support via a daily updated service on its website.