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Newport Now BID Launches Online Covid-19 Resource Pack for Businesses

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As many businesses face uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic, Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID) has set up an online resource featuring links to help, advice and support for its members.

The online help package went live today on the BID’s website and will be updated regularly as more information becomes available for businesses.

The resource – which can be reached via one click from the site’s home page – features links to business support available from the Welsh and UK governments, HR advice, and information from Newport City Council.

Businesses can access the information here: http://newportnow.co.uk/en/news/important-covid-19-advice-for-businesses/

The BID, which will be managing around £1.3 million worth of investment in the city centre over the next five years and represents more than 600 businesses, has also set up an online survey for businesses to explain the impact the Covid-19 crisis is having on them.

The survey’s results will be shared with key decision-makers at local and national level, and will help inform the BID’s lobbying and other actions in the coming weeks.

The survey can be taken here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73H7JR8

Newport Now BID manager Kevin Ward said:

“These are difficult and worrying times for all of our members, particularly those in the hospitality and leisure sector.

“It is important the BID offers as much practical help, support and advice for our members and our new online resource puts lots of really important information together in one place.

“The BID has been busy over the last few days with other Welsh BIDs successfully lobbying Welsh Government on business rates relief and other areas of business support.

“Our Board of Directors – all of whom either own or run city centre businesses – is now meeting once a week by video conference to decide on next steps as information from national and local authorities is updated.”

The BID’s street ambassador service is continuing seven days a week, though its office in the Riverfront Theatre is closed to the public for the time being.

Any BID member looking for advice or help should email [email protected]