A BOLD bid to offer support to businesses across Worcestershire affected by the Coronavirus crisis has attracted more than 500 members in its first 48 hours of operation.
Worcester-based company The Christmas Decorators have set up an online support group to help fellow businesses deal with the impact of the virus on everyday life which has seen sporting events decimated and public events axed.
The Facebook group entitled ‘Businesses Beat Corona’ was set up on Monday (March 16) to enable businesses to help and support each other buy sharing information, advice and encouragement.
Husband and wife team Paul and Ali Chester said the information already shared by businesses ranges from HR support and legal advice to tech support and insurance guidance.
There have also been many valuable words of encouragement for each other as the business community has once again come to together during tough times.
“We pride ourselves on being a small, family business and wanted to do what we could to support other businesses. We know that there is a lot of knowledge out there that would help everyone during these uncertain times and we thought it would help if it was all in one place,” Paul said.
“We know everyone is concerned from a personal point of view but there are many questions in the business community that remain unanswered and by sharing knowledge and expertise, we can support each other.
“It has also been lovely to see the words of support and encouragement that people have been giving to one another.”
The move comes as a host of businesses and causes across Evesham have been forced to adapt to remain open or close for the foreseeable future due to the continuing risk from the virus.
St George’s Day celebrations planned for April 25 in Market Square have been cancelled while Evesham Royal British Legion chiefs have postponed the VE Day commemorations planned for May 8. The RBL hope to re-arrange commemorations for later this year.
The Almonry has closed its doors until April 20 in a bid to curb the possible spread of the virus while Evesham’s Arts Centre has also closed its doors for the foreseeable future and postponed a number of shows.
Visit www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk for more.