Falkirk’s once busy shopping hub with a thriving night time economy is now largely deserted – but it’s reassuring to know that support is there for Falkirk’s business community and town centre residents during the coronavirus lockdown.
Falkirk Delivers is providing valuable support to local firms and town centre residents during the Covid-19 outbreak by coordinating local help and advice aimed at keeping the local economy moving. Utilising their contacts, social media and communication assets the company can quickly cascade critical information and advice to the business community.
Elaine Grant, Falkirk Delivers Manager said: “We are doing everything we can to help out where we can. We have strong local relationships and we are keen to do what we need to do to keep our local economies moving during this really challenging time.”
“It is more important than ever that we find business solutions to shorten the economic shock so its vital that we develop new ways of working such as inter-trading between local businesses as they move to home working, creation of virtual notice boards for home working business opportunities and pulling resources for the greater good. Thankfully, Falkirk businesses are proving to be very resilient and are already coming up with creative ways to keep trading – including the development of systems to promote local goods and services that can be delivered online.”
The team are working closely with partners such as Business Gateway and Falkirk Council Rates to help business owners to navigate through these uncertain times with live on-line updates, telephone support and advice on issues relating to job retention, business rates and financial support. Up to date business support information can be found on the Council website using the following link:- https://www.falkirk.gov.uk/covid19/support-for-business.aspx. Elaine says “Both Falkirk Delivers and the Business Gateway Falkirk team are working to help businesses with whatever difficulties that are facing during the Coronavirus outbreak. Get in touch with us using our Facebook page or at email@example.com or by contacting Business Gateway on 01324 590960 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org”
It’s not all about business – the company continues to work with third sector partners and support services to support those most in need in the town centre. With its strong community values, Falkirk Delivers is co-ordinating over 30 volunteers including Street Pastors, Falkirk Round Table and First Responders Volunteers who are rallying to provide help to town centre residents . The company’s Safebase Co-ordinator Richard McLennan, is coordinating over 30 volunteers to ensure that vulnerable residents in the town get help with essential supplies – prescriptions, food and medical support Richard says “local restaurants are chipping in too to provide free meals to those in need so it’s important that we have a great team of local volunteers working alongside support services to help out in this difficult time.”