Council offers support as businesses gear up for reopening

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Businesses in Trafford are being offered support and advice by Trafford Council as they make plans to reopen.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards teams have been in close contact with businesses across the borough, giving guidance on which ones are able to open and how they can continue to trade safely within the new legislation.

Updates on how to access financial support including the government furlough scheme, business rates grants, discretionary grants for small businesses and bounce back loans have been provided in regular e-bulletins to businesses from the Strategic Growth Team. Full details of the range of financial support available can be found on the Council website.

This week outdoor markets and car showrooms are able to reopen, with ‘non-essential’ retail to follow on 15th June. Guidance on managing the reopening process to make businesses ‘Covid secure’ and comprehensive risk assessment templates can be downloaded from Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub via the Council website.

Businesses with queries about reopening should contact the Council’s Environmental Health team on or call the national Health & Safety Executive helpline on 0300 790 6787 – with lines open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 8pm.

Cllr James Wright, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

Getting Trafford’s businesses back open and operating safely is of huge importance to the health of our local economy and the Council has worked hard since the start of the pandemic to make sure relevant information has been available to as many businesses as possible.

If any Trafford businesses require practical support as they make plans to reopen, we would encourage them to contact our Environmental Health team, who will be happy to advise on risk assessment and appropriate safety measures to put in place.”

Posted on Wednesday 3rd June 2020