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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.

  • 29 April. Herts LEP - COVID19 Stakeholder Bulletin

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    2 months ago

  • Over £100M grants already provided to Herts businesses during COVID-19 crisis.

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    3 months ago

    In order to quickly support and protect businesses, Hertfordshire Councils have already paid out over £100 million in business grants ahead of receiving money from central government.

    Council finance teams have quickly established processes to drive grant enquiries to online forms resulting in faster payouts to support Herts businesses in need of financial support.

    Contact centre style functions have been established to manage enquiries and provide clear information to businesses in the first weeks of the crisis, directing them to the available financial support and other business support.

    Herts Growth Hub Account Managers have also been reaching out to businesses helping ensure they have access to up to date and accurate information, services and support.

    The decision to get money out to businesses before the money from central government arrived was a critical one to protect as many Herts businesses and their staff as possible. All Councils have reacted quickly and worked together in testing times in order to provide the critical support needed

    In order to quickly support and protect businesses, Hertfordshire Councils have already paid out over £100 million in business grants ahead of receiving money from central government.

    Council finance teams have quickly established processes to drive grant enquiries to online forms resulting in faster payouts to support Herts businesses in need of financial support.

    Contact centre style functions have been established to manage enquiries and provide clear information to businesses in the first weeks of the crisis, directing them to the available financial support and other business support.

    Herts Growth Hub Account Managers have also been reaching out to businesses helping ensure they have access to up to date and accurate information, services and support.

    The decision to get money out to businesses before the money from central government arrived was a critical one to protect as many Herts businesses and their staff as possible. All Councils have reacted quickly and worked together in testing times in order to provide the critical support needed

  • Hertfordshire Economy Resilience Cell established

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    3 months ago

    The response to Covid-19 across Hertfordshire is being led by a Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG) chaired by the Herts Fire & Rescue Chief Fire Officer, Darryl Keen.

    Under the SCG, there are a number of ‘cells’ that are charged with managing and co-ordinating specific workstreams. One of these workstreams is the ‘Economic Resilience Cell’. The objectives of the cell are:

    To help businesses understand and secure the national help and support available.
    This includes small business grants, business loans, assistance with wages, reductions in business rates, etc. At the county level, it requires partners to adopt standard approaches wherever possible, onward signposting, FAQs, etc.

    To offer business support to help businesses operate during and after the crisis.
    The cell will link into intelligence being gathered by Hertfordshire LEP and, at district level, the Herts Economic Development Officer Group (HEDOG). This will be fed back to BEIS on a weekly basis.

    To support the reconfiguration of businesses that may be able to assist in response and recovery activities.
    This will include identifying the items and services required for the Hertfordshire response to Covid-19, such as ventilators, medical PPE, sanitizer, distribution and logistics etc.

    To plan for the short, medium and long-term recovery and resilience of the local economy.
    The work of Hertfordshire Growth Board and Hertfordshire LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy will need to be reassessed in the light of Covid-19 to ensure that we can plan for Hertfordshire’s long-term recovery by responding to the needs of different business types such as SMEs, charities, social enterprises and sole traders. Also for different key sectors such as retailers, the housebuilding industry, local building firms and the culture and leisure sector.

    To support the work of the ERC, the Herts Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has convened an ‘Intelligence & Delivery Group’ which is also underway.

    The response to Covid-19 across Hertfordshire is being led by a Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG) chaired by the Herts Fire & Rescue Chief Fire Officer, Darryl Keen.

    Under the SCG, there are a number of ‘cells’ that are charged with managing and co-ordinating specific workstreams. One of these workstreams is the ‘Economic Resilience Cell’. The objectives of the cell are:

    To help businesses understand and secure the national help and support available.
    This includes small business grants, business loans, assistance with wages, reductions in business rates, etc. At the county level, it requires partners to adopt standard approaches wherever possible, onward signposting, FAQs, etc.

    To offer business support to help businesses operate during and after the crisis.
    The cell will link into intelligence being gathered by Hertfordshire LEP and, at district level, the Herts Economic Development Officer Group (HEDOG). This will be fed back to BEIS on a weekly basis.

    To support the reconfiguration of businesses that may be able to assist in response and recovery activities.
    This will include identifying the items and services required for the Hertfordshire response to Covid-19, such as ventilators, medical PPE, sanitizer, distribution and logistics etc.

    To plan for the short, medium and long-term recovery and resilience of the local economy.
    The work of Hertfordshire Growth Board and Hertfordshire LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy will need to be reassessed in the light of Covid-19 to ensure that we can plan for Hertfordshire’s long-term recovery by responding to the needs of different business types such as SMEs, charities, social enterprises and sole traders. Also for different key sectors such as retailers, the housebuilding industry, local building firms and the culture and leisure sector.

    To support the work of the ERC, the Herts Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has convened an ‘Intelligence & Delivery Group’ which is also underway.

  • COVID-19 Joint Statement from Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership & Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

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    3 months ago

    25.03.20

    The scale of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our businesses, residents and the wider community calls for collective local leadership to provide clear strategic direction to support our businesses during this global crisis and lead Hertfordshire’s post COVID-19 recovery.

    Following the Chancellor’s announcement of a £330bn lifeline for the economy, we need to ensure the needs of our county’s businesses are understood by Government and that, in return, we ensure the right sort of support is made available.

    Through our individual organisations, we stand ready to ensure we have locally tailored support to run alongside the national interventions being launched over the coming days.

    We are committed to listening to business and are already working with our representative and partner organisations such as Visit Herts and Hertfordshire Growth Hub, via surveys, webinars and providing one-to-one support, to understand the significant and singular challenges our business community is facing.

    Our immediate focus has been to get business support schemes up and running as quickly as possible and to signpost businesses and individuals to the right business support.

    Our main referral point for local businesses is Hertfordshire Growth Hub, which has set up a dedicated COVID-19 Business Resource page, and its team of Growth Hub Advisers are on hand to provide one-to-one support via telephone: 01707 398168, email enquiries@hertsgrowthhub.com and Live Chat from Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm.

    Hertfordshire Growth Hub is also running a survey to better understand the impactCOVID-19 is having on the business community and how it can best prepare support.

    Collectively, our next immediate task is to convene an Economic Resilience Leadership Group and an intelligence/delivery group to help feedback critical and timely COVID-19 business intelligence to Government on a weekly basis. This will require countywide input from our key private and public stakeholders and will be informed by regular economic briefings on COVID-19’s impact and corporate engagement around the unique challenges facing our key sectors and supply chain interfaces.

    This group will report into a wider Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG) in operation that is co-ordinating all the strategic activities across the public sector and other agencies within the county in response to COVID-19. We will continue to update our stakeholders, partners and business community with its progress.

    Our unique combined strengths lie in our knowledge of our local economy and granular understanding of our places and sectors. By speaking with one voice, at this time of global crisis, we can help ensure the most appropriate support packages are delivered to Hertfordshire businesses during the difficult months ahead and be best placed to secure Hertfordshire’s post COVID-19 recovery.

    Cllr David Williams - Leader, Hertfordshire County Council
    Mark Bretton - Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
    Briege Leahy - CEO, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce


    25.03.20

    The scale of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our businesses, residents and the wider community calls for collective local leadership to provide clear strategic direction to support our businesses during this global crisis and lead Hertfordshire’s post COVID-19 recovery.

    Following the Chancellor’s announcement of a £330bn lifeline for the economy, we need to ensure the needs of our county’s businesses are understood by Government and that, in return, we ensure the right sort of support is made available.

    Through our individual organisations, we stand ready to ensure we have locally tailored support to run alongside the national interventions being launched over the coming days.

    We are committed to listening to business and are already working with our representative and partner organisations such as Visit Herts and Hertfordshire Growth Hub, via surveys, webinars and providing one-to-one support, to understand the significant and singular challenges our business community is facing.

    Our immediate focus has been to get business support schemes up and running as quickly as possible and to signpost businesses and individuals to the right business support.

    Our main referral point for local businesses is Hertfordshire Growth Hub, which has set up a dedicated COVID-19 Business Resource page, and its team of Growth Hub Advisers are on hand to provide one-to-one support via telephone: 01707 398168, email enquiries@hertsgrowthhub.com and Live Chat from Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm.

    Hertfordshire Growth Hub is also running a survey to better understand the impactCOVID-19 is having on the business community and how it can best prepare support.

    Collectively, our next immediate task is to convene an Economic Resilience Leadership Group and an intelligence/delivery group to help feedback critical and timely COVID-19 business intelligence to Government on a weekly basis. This will require countywide input from our key private and public stakeholders and will be informed by regular economic briefings on COVID-19’s impact and corporate engagement around the unique challenges facing our key sectors and supply chain interfaces.

    This group will report into a wider Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG) in operation that is co-ordinating all the strategic activities across the public sector and other agencies within the county in response to COVID-19. We will continue to update our stakeholders, partners and business community with its progress.

    Our unique combined strengths lie in our knowledge of our local economy and granular understanding of our places and sectors. By speaking with one voice, at this time of global crisis, we can help ensure the most appropriate support packages are delivered to Hertfordshire businesses during the difficult months ahead and be best placed to secure Hertfordshire’s post COVID-19 recovery.

    Cllr David Williams - Leader, Hertfordshire County Council
    Mark Bretton - Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
    Briege Leahy - CEO, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce