Council offering support to businesses affected by coronavirus

19/03/2020, PR-9343

​We will do all we can to support businesses – that’s the message from Wakefield Council as the district pulls together during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Council is working hard to contact local businesses to find out what pressures they are currently facing or are expecting to face – whether that be staffing, financial or supply chain issues.

The team will proactively target businesses which are thought to be in the industries and sectors that will be affected the most.  

With this information, the Council will be able take some of the extra pressure off by signposting businesses to support, grants and additional funding.

Businesses support packages will be made available by the Government in the near future and include financial support such as business rate relief, grants, statutory sick pay relief and loan schemes.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “This is an extremely worrying and stressful time for local businesses and that’s why we’re reaching out to see how we can help.

“We want to be able to take some of the burden off the businesses and signpost them to the right support for the pressures they are facing.

“Once we are aware of the business support packages available from the Government, we will be doing all we can to ensure this financial support is received by local businesses as soon as possible. Whilst we are being proactive, I would encourage businesses to contact the Wakefield First team to register their concerns.”

Support for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak can be found at https://wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/ or please call 01924 306498.

Information can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

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