Council workshop support for small businesses

Published November 10, 2020 at 9:36

Rossendale Borough council will be holding a series of free workshops for businesses over the coming weeks with the first one scheduled for Tuesday 17th November. 

The workshops are being led by the council’s business advisor Brad Hacking:” This is such an incredibly tough time for businesses, and we want to make sure that we are there as much as possible. We will be offering support to our local businesses in a variety of ways from free workshops to one-to-one advice – and all at no cost to the businesses. 

“The first workshop will be delivered by Phil Morton our Public Protection Manager. Phil will be giving us an update on the business support currently available and also an overview of the current Covid guidance and how his team is working for the business community.” 

The workshops, to be held via Zoom, will be an open but focused question and answer session for the businesses who attend. 

Phil said: “It’s so difficult for businesses to keep abreast of the guidance as there have been quite a few changes recently. There may be questions they feel are specific to them that they’ve been unable to find the answers to and having a real person there to ask is often reassuring. 

“We plan to lay out the guidance and the support on offer to our business in Rossendale and hopefully the businesses will also share their experiences which will help others too.” 

The council will be partnering up with other organisations, such as Growth Lancashire Rossendale Works and Valley At Work, over the coming weeks to offer further free sessions on topics such as access to funding and debt management. 

Brad added: “I want to make sure that the businesses of Rossendale get as much support and advice as we’re able to give.  

“The council will be issuing information about the various grants and funding that will be available on our website once we have received confirmation from Lancashire County Council and central Government. 

“Businesses that are interested in any of the free workshops or who would like a free one to one advice session with myself can email me at” 

Businesses wishing to attend the first workshop should email Brad by 5pm on Monday 16th November.  

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