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Whether you're an employer, employee or retired, your voice matters as we adjust to BREXIT and navigate out of the COVID-19 crisis. Please therefore ask questions, request or offer help, share information, contribute to the discussions, surveys and polls and put forward topics for discussion.

99% of circa 65,000 businesses in Hertfordshire are small companies, sole traders, charities or social enterprises. As a result of the pandemic, most have seen income fall and will have to make redundancies. It could be that many charities, community groups, pubs, restuarants, shops, theatres and music venues face the risk of permanent closure.

It’s therefore more important than ever, for public, private and third sector organisations to work together in a coordinated way to help one another and find solutions. Your contributions will help facilitate this.

Whether you're an employer, employee or retired, your voice matters as we adjust to BREXIT and navigate out of the COVID-19 crisis. Please therefore ask questions, request or offer help, share information, contribute to the discussions, surveys and polls and put forward topics for discussion.

99% of circa 65,000 businesses in Hertfordshire are small companies, sole traders, charities or social enterprises. As a result of the pandemic, most have seen income fall and will have to make redundancies. It could be that many charities, community groups, pubs, restuarants, shops, theatres and music venues face the risk of permanent closure.

It’s therefore more important than ever, for public, private and third sector organisations to work together in a coordinated way to help one another and find solutions. Your contributions will help facilitate this.

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  • Will Herts richest help local charities survive?

    about 2 months ago
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    It could be the case that 40% of #hertfordshire charities and community groups are unable to survive into 2021. Lost fundraising, trading and rental income, grants suspended. After all the help they have provided to residents re #COVID this must not be allowed to happen!  Central Government has provided only circa 25% of the funding needed nationally which is peanuts to that provided to businesses.  The top 50 people in Herts are worth £13 billion. Will/should they help support?

    It could be the case that 40% of #hertfordshire charities and community groups are unable to survive into 2021. Lost fundraising, trading and rental income, grants suspended. After all the help they have provided to residents re #COVID this must not be allowed to happen!  Central Government has provided only circa 25% of the funding needed nationally which is peanuts to that provided to businesses.  The top 50 people in Herts are worth £13 billion. Will/should they help support?

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  • Economic Recovery: discuss here what's needed to deliver this

    about 2 months ago
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    What would you like Hertfordshire councils and the Herts LEP to include in their recovery plans? 

    Councils across the UK are going to have even less money then they had before. Prior to COVID, Herts County Council stated that  to continue to provide it’s services In 2020/21, £19.9million of savings would need to be found, rising to £44.3million by 2022/23.  Now the situation is a lot worse and Stevenage Borough Council have become the latest local authority to warn ministers they may soon have to consider issuing a Section 114 notice, meaning they basically, could run out of money.

    Spending on roads, housing and schools etc may need to be cut further. Where should spending priorities, lay? If council tax and business rates need to be increased would you accept this? 

    What are your views?

    What would you like Hertfordshire councils and the Herts LEP to include in their recovery plans? 

    Councils across the UK are going to have even less money then they had before. Prior to COVID, Herts County Council stated that  to continue to provide it’s services In 2020/21, £19.9million of savings would need to be found, rising to £44.3million by 2022/23.  Now the situation is a lot worse and Stevenage Borough Council have become the latest local authority to warn ministers they may soon have to consider issuing a Section 114 notice, meaning they basically, could run out of money.

    Spending on roads, housing and schools etc may need to be cut further. Where should spending priorities, lay? If council tax and business rates need to be increased would you accept this? 

    What are your views?

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  • Health Recovery: discuss here what's needed to deliver this

    about 2 months ago
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    So many lessons have been learnt from COVID but a lot more needs to be done. 

    Hertfordshire's population (circa 1.2 million) is ageing and growing.  Circa 280,000 are known to have at least one Long Term Health Condition (LTC). The over 65s account for 45% of hospital admissions and the health costs of obesity, diabetes etc in Herts is over £500 million pa.

    Those with LTCs have the greatest healthcare needs (50% of all GP appointments and 70% of all bed days) and their treatment and care absorbs 70% of NHS and social care budgets. And, with the elderly population in Herts set to soar in the next 20 years it will mean more people with health related problems and higher care costs.

    The NHS and social care in Herts clearly needs much greater investment. Where should the money come from?

    Let others know your views.

    So many lessons have been learnt from COVID but a lot more needs to be done. 

    Hertfordshire's population (circa 1.2 million) is ageing and growing.  Circa 280,000 are known to have at least one Long Term Health Condition (LTC). The over 65s account for 45% of hospital admissions and the health costs of obesity, diabetes etc in Herts is over £500 million pa.

    Those with LTCs have the greatest healthcare needs (50% of all GP appointments and 70% of all bed days) and their treatment and care absorbs 70% of NHS and social care budgets. And, with the elderly population in Herts set to soar in the next 20 years it will mean more people with health related problems and higher care costs.

    The NHS and social care in Herts clearly needs much greater investment. Where should the money come from?

    Let others know your views.

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  • Social Recovery: Discuss here what's needed to deliver this

    about 2 months ago
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    Pubs, restuarants, cafes, music venues, gyms, theatres, community centres and youth clubs to name but a few, all closed. Grandparents cannot see grandchildren. Domestic abuse, mental illness and poverty, up.  How will the county recover and at what cost?

    Let others know your views.    

    Pubs, restuarants, cafes, music venues, gyms, theatres, community centres and youth clubs to name but a few, all closed. Grandparents cannot see grandchildren. Domestic abuse, mental illness and poverty, up.  How will the county recover and at what cost?

    Let others know your views.    

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  • Environmental Recovery - discuss here what's needed to deliver this.

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    COVID-19 has resulted in less traffic, less air pollution, quieter streets and people feeling safer. Across the UK, towns and cities are creating new pedestrian walkways and bike lanes. Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary and Welwyn Hatfield’s MP, has arranged a £5bn package for cycling and walking to help create healthier, more pleasant lifestyles. But some view this as anti-motorist, anti-cars, anti-lorries, anti-vans.

    Most people believe climate change is as serious as COVID19 and many have little desire to return to the state of affairs before lockdown. But is this right for Hertfordshire? Should we have more renewable energy projects, more bike lanes, more traffic-free streets and more electric vehicle charging points? Or should we return to the "old norm"?

    Have your say.

    COVID-19 has resulted in less traffic, less air pollution, quieter streets and people feeling safer. Across the UK, towns and cities are creating new pedestrian walkways and bike lanes. Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary and Welwyn Hatfield’s MP, has arranged a £5bn package for cycling and walking to help create healthier, more pleasant lifestyles. But some view this as anti-motorist, anti-cars, anti-lorries, anti-vans.

    Most people believe climate change is as serious as COVID19 and many have little desire to return to the state of affairs before lockdown. But is this right for Hertfordshire? Should we have more renewable energy projects, more bike lanes, more traffic-free streets and more electric vehicle charging points? Or should we return to the "old norm"?

    Have your say.

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  • Adapting your business: discuss here how organisations are adapting/recovering from COVID-19

    about 2 months ago
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    Share your experiences and connect with others


    Share your experiences and connect with others

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  • Finance: Discuss here the options and what's missing

    about 2 months ago
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    We want to get a clear picture of how many of the 65,000 organisations in Herts are ineligible for loans or grants. Ineligible organisations generally include social enterprises, ltd company directors, the newly self-employed and working pensioners. Others report they have been put off by too high interest rates. What's your situation?   

    Let others hear your views. 

    We want to get a clear picture of how many of the 65,000 organisations in Herts are ineligible for loans or grants. Ineligible organisations generally include social enterprises, ltd company directors, the newly self-employed and working pensioners. Others report they have been put off by too high interest rates. What's your situation?   

    Let others hear your views. 

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  • Managing people through COVID-19

    about 2 months ago
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     Discuss here how to support staff and / or volunteers through this challenging time.   

    If you are an employee, what has been the impact on you personally to date? Have you been made redundant or furloughed?  If the latter,  have you received what is due? Have you applied for Universal Credit or other benefits? If so, have you received what is due, yet? If now working from home, how easy has it been to adjust? Would you like to continue working from home?

    Let others know how COVID is impacting your working life and finances. 

     

     Discuss here how to support staff and / or volunteers through this challenging time.   

    If you are an employee, what has been the impact on you personally to date? Have you been made redundant or furloughed?  If the latter,  have you received what is due? Have you applied for Universal Credit or other benefits? If so, have you received what is due, yet? If now working from home, how easy has it been to adjust? Would you like to continue working from home?

    Let others know how COVID is impacting your working life and finances. 

     

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  • Digital working: discuss here approaches to working digitally

    about 2 months ago
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    Will home working become the norm for your staff? If so, what will you need to develop this? Will you need to invest more in IT and broadband? Will your staff need training in digital skills and social media? Will you conduct more video meetings instead of travelling to meet customers, prospects and suppliers? Will you trust staff to work when at home? And, going forward, will you need less office / workshop space?

    Let others hear your views.

    Will home working become the norm for your staff? If so, what will you need to develop this? Will you need to invest more in IT and broadband? Will your staff need training in digital skills and social media? Will you conduct more video meetings instead of travelling to meet customers, prospects and suppliers? Will you trust staff to work when at home? And, going forward, will you need less office / workshop space?

    Let others hear your views.

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  • General: discuss here anything not covered by the above

    about 2 months ago
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    If you have any general questions related to starting, managing or growing an enterprise raise them here. Finance, Accounting, Operations, Legal, HR, Technology, Sales, Marketing or anything else to obtain answers from fellow professionals. 

    If you have any general questions related to starting, managing or growing an enterprise raise them here. Finance, Accounting, Operations, Legal, HR, Technology, Sales, Marketing or anything else to obtain answers from fellow professionals. 

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