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Local business leaders collaborate in Covid-19 response

Press Release: 06/05/2020

 

Tameside business leaders have been working together to share vital intelligence, insight and experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, while in some cases making essential products for the public sector.

A focused business leadership meeting group has been proactively organised by Tameside Council and gets together every week over Skype.

The group have fed back on what is needed to help Tameside’s economy bounce back, health and safety issues, the accessibility of government schemes, as well as other concerns of business like cash-flow and falling orders.

Feedback from the group is fed into intelligence reports on the economy that are being generated across Greater Manchester; the information is then shared with central Government to influence and support development of national policy.

The group has been looking at how Tameside Council can effectively communicate with the business community during the pandemic and what steps are needed to keep local firms up and running.

The businesses and individuals which are involved sharing their expertise include Invopak, IKEA, Brother UK, ABC Nursery, Tameside College, Findel Education, Francis Kirk Group and Phill Brown – chair of the Tameside Prosperous Board.

Additionally, Tameside Council’s extensive network of local businesses has been utilised to source food and supplies for the borough’s most vulnerable, and a local engineering firm has designed and manufactured a piece of life-saving equipment for Tameside Hospital. Ashton-based Fabricon Design Ltd produced a specialist valve which is now used in equipment to treat some Covid-19 patients after collaborating with healthcare professionals.

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: “The local response to coronavirus is a collaborative effort and I’m proud of seeing so many great companies and organisations working together across our borough. It’s great to see how some of these collaborations like the one involving Fabricon are helping to save lives of during this challenging time.

“We’re also receiving some essential information and advice through our partners in the business group. This will help to shape our response to the pandemic and ensure strong economic resilience in Tameside.”

Chris Mahady, Findel Education managing director, said: “The Tameside business leaders’ meetings have been an opportunity for us to support the local area by feeding in our experiences and needs as a business, and to learn about how the situation is affecting other businesses too. Findel feel it is important businesses support their local communities in the hard times as well as the good, so we’re glad to have this opportunity to feed into and shape the Tameside and Greater Manchester response to the coronavirus pandemic response and recovery.”

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