County Cllr for Skelmersdale West, Julie Gibson, the Labour Group Shadow Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration has welcomed the business support currently being offered to organisations to help build back from the pandemic and urged them to take advantage of the help being offered.
Cllr Gibson said: “As we emerge from the worst effects of the pandemic, building our economy and investing in jobs and growth will ensure that we mitigate potential job losses and unemployment; that’s why I support measures taken by our local councils to help re-invigorate our economy.”
Cllr Gibson highlighted “West Lancashire Borough Council, has a number of packages available including a recently appointed Business Recovery Information post to specifically support retail and hospitality businesses. There is also the recently launched Restart Grant Scheme aimed at supporting businesses in non-essential retail.”
Cllr Gibson continued: “As part of my Shadow portfolio role at Lancashire County, I am a board member of Lancashire County Developments Limited (LCDL). This organisation, set up under a Labour administration, has a number of initiatives designed to aid businesses in their recovery.
For example, The Boost initiative, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, backed by LCDL, has created a service dedicated to helping businesses manage the impact of Covid and plan their recovery. LCDL also administers the Rosebud Fund which is designed specifically for Lancashire Businesses and offers loans from £10,000.00-£300,000.00 with complimentary business support included in the package and payment terms of three-five years.”
Councillor Gibson said: “Local government has a vital role to play in helping businesses build back better after Covid. Information on all of these schemes can be found by visiting the websites of both West Lancashire Borough Council* and Lancashire County Council;** I urge organisations to take advantage of these opportunities to support their business and their employees and to grow our local economy.”
*West Lancashire Borough Council. www.westlancs.gov.uk
**Lancashire County Council. www.lancashire.gov.uk