Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has thanked Stockport for its innovative approach to supporting businesses in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic.
As lockdown put the brakes on the local economy, Stockport accelerated its plans to recovery including forming an economic resilience support group and launching two websites. Stockport-JobsMatch.co.uk provides a free service for employers and candidates and SKBusinessRecovery.co.uk, an online portal providing a one-stop resource of support, an online peer-to-peer forum and free access to local business leaders – the Stockport Recovery Board – to help business owners navigate through the recovery process.
Following the launch of the SK Business Recovery, Andy Burnham commented reiterated his commitment to supporting the town:
Stockport Council are a brilliant example of a council that forges strong relationships with its business community and we want to support them in any way that we can.
“The launch of the Stockport Business Recovery website is a fantastic resource giving people information, pointers to where they can access support. It’s that kind of practical help that’s going to be needed at this moment in time.
“Well done to everyone at Stockport Council, good luck to everyone in the Stockport business community. We are behind you; you know we believe in the town, it’s why we’ve launched the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation. The town has got a great future and, at Greater Manchester, we’re all right behind you.”
In addition to providing up-to-date information, the Stockport Recovery Board of local business leaders, are hosting webinars to provide guidance and support to fellow business owners and leaders as they begin to rebuild their businesses and the local economy.
Image: Cllr Elise Wilson with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham at the announcement of Lord Bob Kerslake as the new Chair of the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation in Stockport in 2019.