Drop-in recovery advice session for city businesses

The road to recovery for Birmingham’s businesses after the recent disorder is being made smoother by an event tomorrow (August 24) – organised by the city council.

The drop-in event, backed by the city’s Business Improvement Districts, is being staged in Committee Rooms 3 and 4 at the Council House in Victoria Square from 5pm until 7pm.

Those who attend will be able to pick up further information and advice on the High Street Support Scheme, announced by the Government in the aftermath of the disorder.

Details on the business rate hardship fund and the support scheme fund will be discussed. The council is able to bid for a maximum of £2million from the £20million national scheme and council staff on hand tomorrow field specific questions from businesses needing support.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council, said: “We have been clear that we will do everything we can to ensure that business gets back to normal as quickly as possible following the scenes of disorder in Birmingham.

“Following the immediate response, we are now well into the recovery phase – and traders have made it clear that access to important information on eligibility for support funding, insurance queries and other such matters is a priority for them at this time.

“This event is an easy, accessible way for businesses to get what the need so they can continue to flourish in the weeks, months and years to come, keeping Birmingham at the forefront of the nation’s retail offer.”

Away from tomorrow’s event, a dedicated number has been set up for the council’s Business Recovery Team and those needing support are also being encouraged to discuss any issues directly with their Business Improvement District Managers or Town Centre Managers.

The Business Recovery Team line is 0121 464 8164, while information can also be obtained via www.birmingham.gov.uk

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For more information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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