ARE BAME BUSINESSES ACCESSING FUNDS AND SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Government has said it will do whatever it takes to win the fight against Covid-19. But what help is in place for
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Government has said it will do whatever it takes to win the fight against Covid-19.
But what help is in place for businesses? What support can you draw on to ensure your business is protected with the investment it needs and to protect jobs that are vital to the economy?
Join our stellar line up of speakers for this important webinar. If you are a small BAME business – you cannot afford to miss this.
Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for BEIS looks forward to engaging with the UK Black and African Caribbean business community to ensure they contribute to the design and the delivery of the “UK Business Bounce Back” in the re-start of economic activity post COVID-19 in 2020.
Given our call for equality over the last three generations, we believe that any exclusion from this process will severely increase the prospect of Black and Minority Ethnic businesses being behind the curve at the re-start of the economy, post COVID-19, which will have a negative economic and social impact to the country in addition to setting back community and race relations.
According to a paper published by the Diversity and Inclusion Business Council (DIBC) pre COVID-19 ethnic minority led businesses contributed a staggering £25-32 billion to the UK economy per year. Therefore, for the UK to retain its position as a global economic power-house post COVID-19, BAME businesses must engage and be engaged equally with the government’s agenda to re-start the economy.
This is your opportunity to not only hear what the Government has planned, and what is available, but also to ask any other burning questions, you may not have heard the answers to.
During the webinar, the Minister will be:
1 Explaining the business support options for the community – including who is eligible, steps to apply and how it could benefit your business
2 Discussing the Government’s commitment to the economic security of BAME businesses
3 Explaining how attendees can help to spread the word and promote government support within their communities so no business misses out
4 Highlighting the Government’s published safer working guidance and addressing any feedback from BAME businesses to ensure they can return to work safely
5 Outlining the importance of the role of ethnic minority-led businesses in kick-starting economic growth in a post Covid-19 world
6 Addressing any concerns Black and Minority Ethnic businesses have at this uncertain, turbulent time
HERE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WHICH WILL BE ANSWERED DURING THE WEBINAR
- Are BAME businesses getting access to the right funds and support during the coronavirus pandemic?
- Is my business eligible for any government support, such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, grant schemes or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?
- I’m self-employed: do I get any help?
- How can I help spread the word about support available to the rest of my community?
- What practices should I put in place to ensure my business and staff can return to work safely?
- How is the Government going to ensure the economy comes out of this crisis strong, and what advice do they have for the business community?
- How do I access the schemes or find out more information about the support available?
- I’m concerned that some ethnic groups have a higher risk of coronavirus-related deaths, with black men and women twice as likely to die. Is the Government looking into this?