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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - support for businesses

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has impacted the economy across the UK and Staffordshire, but the county council is here to help all businesses to survive, recover, renew and thrive.

The county council has always invested in directly supporting businesses by running services such as the Growth Hub . During the Covid-19 crisis we have offered the Emergency Grants Scheme, the Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service and the Start-Up Programme for new businesses

Now the county council’s five-year Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy shows have the council will work with partners to support business to recover, continue to invest in the conditions that all businesses need to thrive and support the creation of those clean, digital, highly-productive businesses that will provide the jobs of the future.

Plans to extend both Cannock and Silverdale Enterprise Centres to support new business have been revealed as part of the strategy. 

Staffordshire's Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy (2.4 MB)


 

Latest information

The government have announced a range of things to help.

The latest information can be found in the government’s COVID-19: support for businesses pages.

Guidance for opening safely from 4 July

The Prime Minister has announced that a number of businesses can reopen from 4 July 2020.

General guidance on social distancing until 4 July and guidance to be followed after 4 July has been released

New sector specific guidance has also started to be released today.

There are currently 12 guides covering a range of different types of work.

These sit alongside the current guidance for educational and childcare settings and public transport operators.

In addition, Government departments have been working with organisations and industries to publish industry specific guidance, hosted on external websites. This currently includes guidance on:

Guidance on libraries, museums, and playgrounds is expected shortly.

Local Outbreak Plan

We have published how we will proactively prevent, identify and contain any possible outbreaks of Covid-19 in the county to help control the virus and keep businesses open. 

Businesses in the food industry sector have been identified as being at high risk of Covid-19 outbreaks. Read the letter from the Director of Health and Care in Staffordshire (284 KB).

Government support

The government have announced a range of things to help.

The latest information can be found in the government’s COVID-19: support for businesses pages.

Documents that can be downloaded and printed out


 

Advice and support

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub

You can also find advice and guidance on the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub website.

To speak with someone who can help, call the Staffordshire Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002.

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