Thu, 07 Jan 2021
THE Berkshire business community is again facing one of its most challenging times.
The impact of Covid-19 has not only created uncertainty for business owners and their workforces, but it has seen them having to react on a daily basis to new guidance, priorities and challenges.
In June, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) conducted a county-wide Covid-19 business recovery insights survey to understand the current and future impacts that the pandemic was having on businesses at that time.
More than 400 organisations participated and the LEP has identified the following key highlights:
Thames Valley Berkshire LEP business environment lead and board director Jacinta George said: “The findings of the survey are continuously being used to discuss steps that can be taken by a range of organisations, including government, to help business in the recovery phase of the current crisis.
“The results also played a critical role in informing a series of recovery and renewal round tables hosted by the LEP in September, with outputs currently feeding into a Recovery and Renewal Plan for Berkshire which will be published in the new year.”
The LEP’s Berkshire Business Growth Hub plays an important role in providing a first stop shop for advice and support to SME businesses, including scale-up businesses, through a range of programmes, particularly at this time.
For more details visit www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk
The Business Growth Hub and LEP also issue weekly e-bulletins collating all of the Covid-19 information disseminated by government to help businesses to navigate all of the support on offer.
Businesses can sign up to receive these free by subscribing on either organisation’s website.
Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has also launched an online opportunities portal – Berkshire Opportunities – that supports job seekers in their immediate career, training and education goals.