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Major Staffordshire business steps in to support care workers


One of Staffordshire’s top employers has stepped in to lend its support to the county’s army of care workers following an appeal last week.

Engineering firm GE Renewables, based in Stafford, has donated a package of personal protective equipment (PPE) after an appeal was made by the county council and Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

The county council needs PPE for its care workers which includes those in adult and children social care, care homes, nursing homes and front-line social workers during the Covid-19 outbreak period.

Find out more here.

County call for Icare volunteers and staff during Covid-19 pandemic

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Staffordshire County Council is calling on businesses whose employees have been furloughed to encouage them to take up a volunteering role or employment to help care for the thousands of vulnerable residents who need support at this critical time.


Staffordshire tech-firm launches solution to support communities and businesses

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A new web service has been launched by a Staffordshire tech-firm to support communities and businesses through the coronavirus restriction period and beyond.

Local Food Drops – developed by Stafford-based iWeb – is a web-based solution that enables people to find businesses which deliver food in their area and includes grocers, butchers, bakers, pet shops and more.

It means people can shop safely at home and gives a boost to local businesses which may have been hit by the pandemic. Businesses can sign up on the website for a listing while customers just add their location and will be presented with the companies closest to them.


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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – update for smaller businesses

The Government has taken further action to support firms affected by the coronavirus crisis by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies.

The recently launched Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has now been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.


Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme in West Midlands goes live

BCRS Business Loans has gone live with the new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) as part of its commitment to supporting businesses in the West Midlands that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The alternative lender became a delivery partner for CBILS due to their existing accreditation as a provider under the former Enterprise Finance Guarantee. BCRS is now processing applications for the new scheme.

CBILS is being delivered by the British Business Bank through accredited lenders such as BCRS Business Loans to support the continued provision of finance to smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak.


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