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06 May 2020

Black Country LEP supporting people and business through COVID-19

  • The Black Country Economic Intelligence Unit provides real time economic intelligence and analysis to support region wide strategic planning.
  • Daily, responsive, business support from the Black Country Growth Hub.
  • Black Country LEP puts skills online for schools, parents and students.
  • Sector, community and individual support and guidance for keeping active physically and mentally during lock down.

The Black Country LEP is providing a range of support and guidance to the people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to support the health and well-being – in the broadest terms – of the whole area to ensure the Black Country economy remains stable and forward focused.

Tom Westley DL, Chair of the Black Country LEP Board said:

“The team at the Black Country LEP have spent the last few weeks speaking to partners and business across the Black Country to assess the very real impact COVID-19 is having on all us this. It’s this feedback that have enabled the LEP to transfer and rescope resources and content on line and look at developing new ways of meeting the needs of the people and places of the Black Country. We invite all our partners, businesses and individuals to access the information of most use to them and to keep checking back as this extra ordinary situation continues to evolve.”

Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of the Black Country Consortium said:

“Our focus is on how we can support communities and business now to access the right support in the right ways and ensure resilience professionally and personally during this uncertain time. The Black Country LEP have been working with all our partners to ensure appropriate support from business to well-being and will continue to ensure we provide the most useful information we can throughout this unprecedented time.”

Support available includes:

  • Real time economic intelligence and analysis via the Black Country Economic Intelligence Unit is being made available for the Black Country, West Midlands Combined Authority and Midlands Engine. This intelligence will ensure strategic planning is in place to support appropriate and timely planning for the Black Country and wider region in managing economic recovery. Find out more here: https://www.the-blackcountry.com/economic-intelligence-unit
  • Daily, responsive, business support is available from the Black Country Growth Hub. From advice on the Government support available to businesses to guidance on employee support and signposting to a job brokerage service, the Growth Hub is the first point of call for concerns about how Coronavirus is affecting business. Find out more here: https://www.bcgrowthhub.com/coronavirus-covid19
  • The Black Country Skills team have developed, with local partners, resources for schools, parents and students from careers homework activities and online applications for apprentices to webinars and weekly round-ups for Careers Leaders, Enterprise Advisors and Local Authority colleagues. In addition, the full set of Primary Careers 2030 resources will be available online from June. All information is available via: https://www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk/
  • Active Black Country are supporting the sector, communities and individuals with guidance for keeping active physically and mentally during lock down. From campaigns to be active at home under lockdown to coordinating content to support PE at home with weekly challenges. Along with supporting individuals Active Black Country has reshaped its online support for coaches, volunteers, community and 3rd sector organisations, providing one to one support for clubs and organisations and gathering intelligence on the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. All information is available here: https://www.activeblackcountry.co.uk/covid19/

For full information on how the Black Country LEP can support your community or business visit https://www.blackcountrylep.co.uk/

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