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Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service launches

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The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP has launched a Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service for businesses and employees experiencing redundancies as a result of the coronavirus.

Whilst the government has created the
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, designed to help businesses retain their staff during the current outbreak by paying 80% of an employee’s salary, there are redundancies currently being made by businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. At the same time, gaps in the labour market are appearing in sectors such as health and care, food retail, wholesale, and distribution due to increased demand.

The Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service, which will be delivered by the National Careers Service West Midlands (including Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent), will match those recently made redundant with new work in these sectors currently experiencing growth. The service will also engage with employers facing redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work.

  • If you are an employer whose staff are at risk of redundancy, please call 07879 603635
  • If you require support to fill urgent vacancies, please call 07879 603635

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy

LEARN MORE about how the new triage service can help you 


Can your fuloughed staff help keep people safe in the fight against Covid-19?

Can your furloughed staff help on the care front line as a paid employee or volunteer?

Recent government  guidance has been clarified recently - employees can start a new job when on furlough. 

Please read this letter from Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkins, and Chief Executive John Henderson for more detail.  

Covid-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme expanded  -for small and large businesses 

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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  more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.

Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to those smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS. This significantly increases the number of businesses eligible for the scheme.

NEW:  Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
The new CLBILS will ensure that more firms are able to benefit from government-backed support during this difficult time. It will provide a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25 million to firms with an annual turnover of between £45 million and £500 million.

Loans backed by a guarantee under CLBILS will be offered at commercial rates of interest and further details of the scheme will be announced later this month.

Our thanks to SBEN for this update.

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Covid- 19 - keep in touch with developments

Organisations providing support to businesses are keeping their websites up to date with developments and news that businesses need to know. Check out: 

The Staffordshire County Council website also provides links direct to government information. 

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