Local businesses which have encountered difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can now access specialist support thanks to a new clinic.
The Tameside Business Resilience Clinic (BRC) has been set up by local businesses and the council’s Economy, Employment and Skills team.
Following its launch on Friday (19 June), it will provide free advice and support to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Queries will be submitted to the BRC through an online contact form and then matched to the relevant support required.
The new clinic will operate across a range of platforms to make it easy for businesses to access, using webinars, emails and phone calls by appointment.
The support provided includes signposting to existing help from the Business Growth Hub, such as online workshops or webinars; matching relevant professionals like managing directors, human resources specialists and supply managers to local businesses; advice and support from training and work providers such as local colleges and Jobcentre Plus.
Businesses and individuals providing support through the clinic include Sterling Finance and Phill Brown, chair of the Tameside Prosperous Board.
Additional support is available through the GM Business Growth Hub, where the dedicated Tameside account manager is Nicola Walker.
Research by Tameside Council’s Economy, Employment and Skills team found that 53 per cent of businesses in the borough are continuing to trade, while 48 per cent are using the furlough scheme and many are asking for extra support through difficult times.
Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council's Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: "The next few months will be a critical time for our local business community and many employers might need additional support.
"Through this new Clinic, we can facilitate introductions to professional support for business leaders and the self-employed in what can be an isolating place at the moment.
"Support and advice will also be available for businesses looking to secure any of the COVID-19 measures which have been set out by government."