LEP initiates support for businesses hit by pandemic

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) has issued its initial support measures for the region’s businesses facing tough trading conditions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Through its Humber Business Growth Hub, the LEP will provide grants to enable businesses to facilitate working from home, while the Growth Hub’s business advisors will also be on hand to provide support through telephone consultations.

Meanwhile, the LEP says it is convening regular conference calls with business support and membership organisations to understand issues businesses are facing and communicate these to Government to help inform future support.

The LEP is also liaising with the Humber Local Resilience Forum, the multi-agency emergency planning partnership in the Humber that includes local authorities, the emergency services and the NHS.

This response has been steered by the Humber LEP’s Business Development Board.

Chairman of the Humber LEP, Lord Haskins, said: “There will be difficult times ahead for many Humber businesses and we want to ensure they have access to support.

“Our Growth Hub is there to assist with questions and advice, and from today we will be providing financial support to SMEs needing to purchase new IT equipment to facilitate remote working.”

In light of current Government advice, the Growth Hub has taken the decision to postpone face-to-face business support, including workshops and events.

However, we are developing online resources to replace the cancelled events in the coming weeks so no businesses are left without support.

Interested businesses can contact the Humber Business Growth Hub via email at growth.hub@humberlep.org or visit the Growth Hub’s website at https://www.humbergrowthhub.org

Alternatively, they can visit the Humber LEP’s dedicated Coronavirus support page at https://www.humberlep.org/business/coronavirus-business-support/