Getting PPE to care providers and a new grant scheme for small businesses affected by Coronavirus

In my previous posts I highlighted the amazing work being done by our army of carers in extremely difficult times. I also said that we would do everything in our power to make sure we look after our most vulnerable residents and to make sure care staff have what they need to protect themselves and go about their work safely. 

We know there’s a global shortage of PPE and some care homes have been struggling to get supplies and that’s why we have stepped in to provide almost 400,000 Pieces of emergency Personal Protective Equipment PPE.  This is essential equipment that helps protect staff and residents from the virus and includes things  like face-masks, gloves, goggles,  gowns and aprons.

The county council has also pledged £13.6m to help care providers cover additional costs for staff and PPE during the crisis.

I know from talking to many smaller businesses that many are being quite badly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s important that businesses are supported through the outbreak and why we have launched a new grant scheme to help them through the crisis.

The £500,000 scheme will help micro businesses with nine employees or less and cannot get support from other Government initiatives. The emergency fund will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis and is expected to be able to support up to 500 local businesses.

Businesses could include, sole traders such as builders, plumbers and mechanics as well as hairdressers, photographers, cleaners and childminders.

There is a range of support available to businesses and I would urge people to get in contact with the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub team who can provide more information and advice.  You can find them at www.stokestaffslep.org.uk

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