Support Local businesses during COVID-19
Published on Monday, 30th March 2020
Maldon District Council's support for businesses.
Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “It is important that we are supporting Maldon District businesses through this difficult time. Maldon District Council and our partners are supporting a number of initiatives designed to ensure businesses are kept informed and safe, and support those working or staying at home. Together we have developed the initiatives detailed below, and we will be providing more information on these in the coming days through our social media channels @MaldonDC and our website.
The Essex Map is a great resource normally used for community initiatives and with their agreement, we have adapted it to support those businesses staying open.
New COVID19 - Advice for Businesses webpage maldon.gov.uk/covid19business we have tried to compile the best information out there for businesses.
LinkedIn Group It is more important than ever for businesses to be networked together and this group can help us now and in the future.
Volunteers are vital to the response and we know everyone is keen to offer what assistance they can.
#MissingTools social media campaign will encourage people register with the Essex Map and seek safer ways of working, now and in the recovery.
Food donations – The Maldon Salvation Army are working with The Maldon Food Pantry and Churches Together in Maldon to coordinate food donations to those in need across the Maldon District.
The Essex Map have opened their virtual doors to all businesses that are still operating and able to safely deliver (contact free) products and services to people’s homes.
Please use the ‘Coronavirus Deliveries’ tag to ensure they are shown on the main coronavirus page.
Are you a restaurant or pub now providing delivery’s or takeaways, can you assist with safe self-isolation activities, home-school or help to enable businesses to work from home? List your services and reach the thousands of local people in need during the outbreak.
To register your business and the services you are able to provide go to www.essexmap.co.uk/register/ register and list your services. In the keyword tags box at the end or the form, ensure you add Coronavirus Deliveries. (or other relevant tags as listed at www.essexmap.co.uk/coronavirus)
The Essex Map is owned by The Essex Alliance and being supported by Maldon and District CVS and Maldon District Council, to support residents and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A new webpage is now available with advice and information for Maldon District Businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. www.maldon.gov.uk/covid19business
Maldon District Council is committed to supporting our businesses through this challenging period and we are working with our partners to provide advice and assistance as required. We are also taking decisions that will maintain the viability and sustainability of the Council over the coming months, to ensure we continue to deliver vital services.
We have welcomed the support announced for businesses by the Chancellor and guidance that will be provided in the coming days and weeks regarding this. We will continue to engage with local businesses and groups and are liaising with colleagues in other authorities to ensure best practice is being shared. We are using our social media channels to provide advice to businesses on this evolving situation and recognise the importance of supporting local employers. We will endeavour, with all expediency to implement the support as identified and in line with the emerging guidance.
Maldon District Council will be contacting you shortly to ask you for the information that it needs to be able to process your business rates holiday and/or grant as soon as it can. More information will be available here.
Businesses are invited to join the Maldon District Business Group on LinkedIn, part of the Sense of Place Initiative. This group enables local businesses to network, share projects and work together.
The Sense of Place (SoP) initiative supports the promotion and sustainable development of the Maldon District creating an environment which enables businesses to prosper. This group seeks to bring together local businesses, groups, organisations and the Council, supporting communication, access to funding, networking, partnership working and delivering the objectives of the (forthcoming) SoP Place Plan
By drawing people and organisations together, working in partnership and celebrating your contribution to this special place - We enrich the offer made by the Maldon District for business, investment, visitors, residents and students. Ensuring we work to support our economy, quality of life, the tourism sector and rural diversification to create a prosperous future for all.
Volunteer to Help - If you or your organisation would like to volunteer your help during this time please register with Maldon and District CVS at https://www.maldoncvs.org.uk/corona/volunteers/
Maldon District charities and agencies are collecting volunteer data that will be used to help organise a community response to the current Corona virus outbreak. This form is for volunteers who may wish to give time or skills for individuals in communities who are affected.
If you or your organisation would like to volunteer your help during this time please register with Essex Coronavirus Action
More information is available at www.essexmap.co.uk/coronavirus
Essex Coronavirus Action is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook group owners to provide three main services during the Covid-19 outbreak.
PREVENT - INFORM – ASSIST www.facebook.com/essexcoronavirusaction
Are you missing the business tools you need in the current climate? Could you help other businesses to work remotely, handle their current finances or reach customers online or with safe and essential deliveries? #MissingTools is about helping small businesses with the advice and services they need to support people at home.
If your business needs help with deliveries and online options, financial or PR advice, digital/IT support to enable your staff to work from home, visit The Essex Map to find it.
If you can help other businesses; register your services at www.essexmap.co.uk/register/. In the keyword tags box at the end of the form; ensure you add ‘Coronavirus Business’. (or other relevant tags as listed at www.essexmap.co.uk/coronavirus)”
Food donations – The Maldon Salvation Army are working with The Maldon Food Pantry and Churches Together in Maldon to coordinate food donations to those in need across the Maldon District. Donations of tined meat and veg, rice, porridge oats along with long life milk, will be welcomed by contacting Jonathan Doyle, Lieutenant at email@example.com. Businesses or individuals wishing to financially contribute to this effort can do so via PayPal to Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service.