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Recovery plans

The West of England Recovery Taskforce has agreed to a package of measures to support businesses and individuals during the latest lockdown.

The Regional Recovery Plan builds on the strengths of the region and addresses some of the challenges to be faced as the pandemic continues. 

Tim Bowles the West of England Metro Mayor said: “We have committed £9.4m to implementing the Regional Recovery Plan - this is in addition to the £100m already allocated to businesses and skills over the next four years.”

Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and Vice Chair of the Taskforce, said: “Our immediate focus is on ensuring that people don’t fall between gaps in support and fall into crisis. We need to ensure our region’s businesses get the help that they need to survive the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and keep people in jobs. We then have to think about the region's skills needs in the future.”

Business support 
Support available includes:
  • Business Innovation Fund – providing SMEs with tailored support and funding to bring new products, services and processes to market. 
  • Workforce for the Future - an £8m fund aimed at helping SMEs plan and support their current and future workforce.  
  • Trading Better Online – helping businesses improve digital presence  
  • Thrive at Work West of England a free tool to help SMEs support staff with mental health support.
  • Creative-Scale Up - helping creative businesses access finance through regional and national investment, also providing intensive business support. 
  • Green Business Grants – supporting SMEs to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.  
Businesses wanting to find out more, including those considering making redundancies, should get in touch with our West of England Growth Hub

Support for individuals 
WECA has adapted its Future Bright programme to help people cope with the impact of Covid-19; by providing dedicated 1:1 coaching support for people who have: 
  • Been made redundant or laid off 
  • Are at risk of redundancy 
  • Have had their hours significantly reduced (and therefore their income) 
  • Are self-employed and income or ability to earn has been severely impacted 
  • Are furloughed (if their reduced income means they are eligible for Universal Credit) 
If you need support, contact Future Bright:

Bristol City Council has also launched recovery plans
One City partners set out priorities for Recovery and Renewal as the city faces the biggest financial depression in recent years.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “As Bristol faces the deepest economic depression since the 1930s it is imperative that we work together now to do all we can to keep those working to stay in work, help businesses to stay open, and provide new opportunities for those who are unemployed.

The One City Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy can be found here and a shorter summary version here

Bridgwater History Day 2020 

Saturday 28th November 10.30am-1pm by Zoom and Facebook

Bridgwater people are extremely proud of their history and for the past four years ‘Bridgwater History Day’ has been an important part of the town’s heritage calendar playing to full houses at the Bridgwater Arts Centre. This year we’re not going to let a global pandemic stop the march of time and so we’re hosting the event online!

The Programme
1030 Welcome by Mayor of Bridgwater
1035 ‘The Bridge in Bridgwater’ (Part 1) The old stone bridge by Miles Kerr Peterson and Tony Woolrich
1050 ‘Bridgwater in Pictures’ Paul Bovett dips into his popular collection of photos of old Bridgy
1105 ‘The Somerset Stop Line’ Brian Smedley looks at World War 2 plans to stop a Nazi invasion right here along the River Parrett - Did the British Government really have plans to bomb the West Side of the town?
1120 ‘The Bridgwater and Taunton Women’s shirt and collar workers’ strike of 1912 by Socialist author and Trades Union activist Dave Chapple
1135 ‘Emelia’s Tale’ a story from the Workhouse by Val Bannister
1150 ‘The Singer Susie Clark’ - Female singer from Bridgwater who wrote ‘The Press Gang’ told by Voice of the People Choir Leader Yvette Staelens
1205 ‘Bridgewater in Massachusetts’ Chair of the Historical Commission Stephen Rogan joins us live from the USA
1220 ‘The Bridge in Bridgwater’ (Part 2) the first iron bridge by Miles Kerr Peterson and Tony Woolrich
1230- 1300 Open ended historical discussion chaired by Cllr Glen Burrows

Wednesday 9 December 7.00pm 
For the latest session in the Tolpuddle Radical History School, hear speakers from the Marx Memorial Library, the Working Class Memorial Library and the TUC Library. No shushing here – you’re on mute!


Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 891 1477 5594  Passcode: 881076

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New TUC resources

Following hugely successful webinars, the TUC has posted two new resources for reps on coronavirus. Click to see more:

Coronavirus - Help for Union reps

Organising through the coronavirus crisis

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