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Article date - 09 April 2020
And it is encouraging everyone to do their bit to support independent businesses across St Helens Borough, including those that have diversified from their usual offer to continue to provide services to residents in their own homes.
St Helens Together has five ways that people can help support businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The campaign has been bringing people together to support each other and is extending to encouraging people to play their part in helping our businesses too.
Councillor David Baines, Leader of St Helens Council, said: “Many fantastic local businesses in St Helens borough have changed the way they work so that they can offer services and provisions to residents at this difficult time. The ingenuity and drive of these businesses is fantastic to see, and I want us to do all we can to support them.
“That’s why I’m delighted we’ve launched the St Helens Is Open portal at www.sthelens.gov.uk/sthelensisopen, to help advertise these businesses and to let residents know about the help that is available if you are self-isolating. The St Helens local economy is far more vibrant, successful, and varied than many people give it credit for, and now is the time to back local businesses. They need us more than ever.”
The five ways to support independent businesses are:
Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Business, said: “We have a thriving community of independent businesses across the Borough of St Helens that need our support more than ever now which is why we’re saying St Helens Borough is open for businesses. We can all play a part in helping them through this difficult time by working together. This simple list of five things we can all do will go some way in helping many of the businesses most affected by the changes that has seen many of them closed to the public for now.
“As a council we are also doing all we can to support businesses from paying business grants and removing business rates to those who qualify quickly, to advice and guidance from our business support team and helping those key businesses that need extra staff find the workforce they need to meet growing demand in their sectors.”
If you want to add your business to the St Helens is Open portal please email firstname.lastname@example.org