Talking and helping is how we do things

We are in uncharted waters. The grim impact of the coronavirus crisis is hitting businesses hard across all sectors.

They are having to grapple with the ‘new normal’ – finding different ways to work and meet the challenges of the pandemic and the lockdown that has resulted.

Resilience is a word much used during the crisis. And one thing is for sure, we in Lancashire are a resilient bunch.

We’ve seen local companies making massive strides to come to the aid of the NHS, switching production to the tools it needs to cope with the pandemic.

Other businesses have once again shown their commitment to their communities, going that extra mile to support the vulnerable.

That eagerness to serve and to face whatever the crisis throws at them is typical of the way companies of all sizes go about their business here.

One thing is for sure, we in Lancashire are a resilient bunch.

Support for businesses is also crucial. Councils across Lancashire have paid out millions in grants to businesses eligible for assistance as part of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is also swinging into action, allowing employers to claim 80 per cent of the wages of staff that they have furloughed - up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee wage costs.

The government’s move to protect under pressure retailers from “aggressive” rent collection is also welcome. As are new insolvency measures to prevent companies unable to meet debts due to the impact of coronavirus from going out of business.

Closer to home Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, has been hard at work with its #AskForHelp campaign.

Talking to each other, helping each other. It is the Lancashire way and it is what will get us through these difficult days.

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