Free online support to help Norfolk businesses through the pandemic

Free online support to help Norfolk businesses through the pandemic

It’s a difficult time for small businesses and business owners so the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk, run by Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, has developed a free programme of business support that can be accessed online.

Alongside the national Reset; the Restart programme of webinars run by the British Library Business & IP Centre, the BIPC Norfolk is offering a series of free local 1-to-1 support sessions, workshops and networking events. Delivered in partnership with business training provider MENTA, Reset. Restart is open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading.

Norfolk Conservative Group donates to Coronavirus fund

Norfolk Conservative Group donates to Coronavirus fund

Today, Norfolk County Council Conservative Group donated £2,000 of their funds to the Norfolk Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Community Response Fund, a charity which aims to work with other local charities to keep vulnerable people safe and well, particularly during these difficult times.

Norfolk Conservative Group Leader, Councillor Andrew Proctor said “We want to help support local grassroot organisations who can provide critical support to vulnerable people, across Norfolk, who are enduring a challenging time during this Covid-19 pandemic. The dedicated work Norfolk Community Foundation does to support people should be of great pride to Norfolk as a whole, and we most certainly appreciate all they do in supporting people to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.

Hopefully this donation can support the wider aims of Norfolk Community Foundation to achieve this and encourage others to donate, where they can, so this fund can keep growing, which will make a real difference to those less fortunate.”

Vice Chairman of the County Conservative Group, Ian Mackie, said “every member of our group has worked very hard to support their local communities during this pandemic, and we have all contributed to this donation as a sign of our appreciation for the ongoing efforts to support our county”.

Andrew Proctor reaction to PMs statement on Covid-19

Andrew Proctor reaction to PMs statement on Covid-19

Norfolk Conservatives Group Leader and Leader of Norfolk County Council, Andrew Proctor has given his reaction to the Prime Ministers latest statement on the fight against Covid-19.

Mr Proctor said: “I welcome the clarity provided by the Government, through its new tiered levels of localised measures, linked to local case levels. I also welcome the economic support that is being made available to areas that face the strictest measures.

“What we want to see is an opportunity to have more local involvement in the decision making, as it’s local councils that know their areas best. Norfolk County Council has set up its own local tracing service and this has already worked well.

“Norfolk’s people and communities have been working hard together to stop the spread of Covid and we need that to continue. Partnership working has been excellent, as shown by the effective response to cases at Banham Poultry and in Great Yarmouth.

“Norfolk’s rates are still low compared to the national average and compared to the worst affected areas in northern England. Like every part of the country, Norfolk’s cases are rising, so we cannot afford to be complacent.

“I would urge everyone to continue to remain vigilant so we can all continue to protect Norfolk. We must all continue to wash our hands, wear face coverings when required to and observe social distancing – hands, face and space.

“The County Council and its partners are taking prudent measures now to attempt to limit the impact of COVID-19 over the winter.

“We have stockpiled personal protective equipment and are ready to reopen Cawston Lodge, to support the safe discharge of COVID patients and protect care homes.”