'SK Recovery' website launched to help firms tackle impact of coronavirus

New website to offer support and advice to Stockport businesses as they recover from the effects of coronavirus

'SK Recovery' website launched to help firms tackle impact of coronavirus

A new, free, online ‘one-stop shop’ ensuring Stockport’s businesses have the information and guidance to enable them to recover from the coronavirus pandemic has been officially launched.

When the Government announced its lockdown measures to fight the virus in mid-March, Stockport Council convened the Stockport Economic Resilience Forum to support businesses and the local economy in response to the impact of coronavirus.

The Forum – that meets remotely three times a week – is a partnership of private and public sector, which has been collaborating to coordinate quick and effective responses to the economic impacts that the crisis has brought to the borough.

With support offered by the Government in the form of grants and loans to businesses affected, the forum wanted to create a tool that would help businesses and the economy recover from the considerable impact both have felt.

The ‘SK Recovery’ website will be a free one-stop shop for businesses that will provide information and guidance on many different topics.

These topics will include inspiration around innovation and access to the thoughts and views of many different businesses, leaders and stakeholders to help users access the different types of support available.

The site will also share ideas on how to manage the crisis on a day-to-day basis, and to build recovery for the future as the borough moves through the various phases returning to a new normal.

The website will offer informative webinars with key thinkers and experienced members of the business community who will contribute their thoughts and ideas to support businesses to develop their recovery.

This will provide access to an incredibly valuable resource that is usually only available to those who have the means to secure an experienced and expensive executive board.

Cllr Elise Wilson, leader of Stockport Council, said: “In a short space of time the coronavirus has dramatically affected the way we live our lives. This has left people feeling worried and businesses of all shapes and sizes have been left uncertain about their future.

“To help out, we've joined forces with businesses in Stockport to create a website for our business community. The SK recovery website will provide advice from experienced and well respected business leaders and contain forums where businesses can support each other.

“Our long term recovery lies upon our ability to help each other so collectively we can continue to deliver for everyone.”

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Our recovery is going to be shaped around supporting Stockport businesses and with it, the local community.

“The website will allow local businesses to develop closer links with one another, which can then support buying and using each other’s services.

“This is essential. By doing this, we can help ensure any economic benefits are retained within Stockport so we bounce back from this crisis strongly and begin to 'build back better'.

“Alongside this, we are developing our longer-term economic recovery plan that will ensure Stockport remains one of the best places to invest and do business in."

Listen to Cllr Elise Wilson talk about the new site.

For more information, visit SK Business Recovery