Humber LEP initiates first phase of business support amid coronavirus crisis

17th Mar

Through its Humber Business Growth Hub, the LEP will provide grants to enable businesses to facilitate working from home, while the Growth Hub’s business advisers will also be on hand to provide support through telephone consultations.
Meanwhile, the LEP is convening regular conference calls with business support and membership organisations to understand issues businesses are facing and communicate these to Government to help inform future support.
The LEP is also liaising with the Humber Local Resilience Forum, the multi-agency emergency planning partnership in the Humber that includes local authorities, the emergency services and the NHS.
Further actions are being discussed with partners and will be announced in the coming days.
This response has been steered by the Humber LEP’s Business Development Board, which met on Thursday, where members fed back many challenges and potential impacts of the pandemic on the region’s businesses.
Lord Haskings, chairman of the Humber LEP, said: “There will be difficult times ahead for many Humber businesses and we want to ensure they have access to support. Our Growth Hub is there to assist with questions and advice, and from today we will be providing financial support to SMEs needing to purchase new IT equipment to facilitate remote working.”
In light of current Government advice, the Growth Hub has taken the decision to postpone face-to-face business support, including workshops and events, but it is developing online resources to replace the cancelled events in the coming weeks so no businesses are left without support.
Interested businesses can contact the Humber Business Growth Hub via email at [email protected] or visit the Growth Hub’s website at humbergrowthhub.org or visit the Humber LEP’s dedicated Coronavirus support page at humberlep.org/business/coronavirus-business-support/
 

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