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Bucks Council streamlining support from businesses

Local businesses have volunteered their services during the pandemic

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 7:50am 29th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks Council streamlining support from businesses

Buckinghamshire Council is hoping to streamline support offered by local businesses. 

During the coronavirus pandemic lots of Buckinghamshire businesses offered support to local people during this time. 

However, due to the overwhelming number meant it could be confusing for someone trying to find support. 

Buckinghamshire Council want to help coordinate a single point for support to help with this. 

Businesses operating in and around Buckinghamshire are being asked to submit their support offer through the council website so they can assign them to people in need. 

One example could be van owners who are unable to do their usual workload and can help deliver supplies.

Councillor Martin Tett is Leader of the Shadow Executive:

"It's always good when people volunteer to help the community and I have been absolutely amazed by the number of Buckinghamshire businesses to off that support. We are really grateful to be a focal point for that. 

"If they can offer support to us we can make sure we understand what skills and capabilities they've got to offer and try and actually align what they've got to offer.

"I would encourage businesses to look at our website, look at where they can volunteer that support and we can make sure it reaches the right people."

If a business feels they can offer support, or has done but not through the council, they are asked to submit their information to the council.

Meanwhile, £2 million additional funding has been made available to support businesses in the county affected by the COVID-19 crisis to be administered by its Growth Hub, run by BFF.

Eight local hubs have been established across the county to coordinate their response to reach the most isolated and vulnerable in the community. 

These will not be open to the public, instead a place looking at how to manage food and other essentials getting out, access to GP's and other focal points for managing volunteer support.

The council have also been working with Bucks Business first and want businesses who are worried or struggling to contact either organisation for advice and support. 

Locally businesses will not have their April direct debit for Business Rates taken out and are working closely with the Local Enterprise Agency and Buckinghamshire Business First to keep local businesses up to date with all the latest news from government.



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