Covid-19: UK National Business Response Network launched to bring business support to local needs

Covid-19: UK National Business Response Network launched to bring business support to local needs

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Covid-19: UK National Business Response Network launched to bring business support to local needs

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As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on towns and cities across the UK intensifies, the need to link business support to community need in the right place, at the right time and at the right scale has never been more urgent.

Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network with over 750 companies in membership, have launched the National Business Response Network to identify community needs across the UK and match them to the right business support.

Through Business in the Community’s vast regional and local connections and leaders on the ground, the National Business Response Network identifies national and local community needs from community groups, schools, local authorities, local resilience bodies, charities and alliances such as the British Red Cross Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership and small businesses. The network then connects business resources to meet the following needs:

Food: Ensuring people have continued access to food.
Technology: Support to enable children to continue learning, and older people to stay connected to families.
Social care: Support to vulnerable groups and older people to enable continued access to food, healthcare, social interaction and other essentials.
Small businesses: Creating resources with advice and practical tools specifically for small businesses; providing business continuity and wellbeing support through mentoring for small businesses.
The business resources we will be matching to community needs are:

Professional support:
- Using the untapped resources and goodwill of our member companies to provide human resource to support communities in the UK.
- Lending/donating resources: Lending or donating resources to organisations and people to meet need.
- Logistics: Transportation of people, goods and services.

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, chief executive of Business in the Community, said:

“We know the impact that businesses can have at times like these and our members tell us every day how much they want to make a difference to those most in need.

“Founded over 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales, we are the oldest and largest network of our kind, bringing business together on resilience, emergency response and long-term recovery. Whether it’s floods, cyber-attacks or riots, we have always matched local need with the enormous support businesses can and want to offer. The Covid-19 crisis is no different. Through our network, we can provide lifelines to people and communities affected by the pandemic.

“We know what local communities need as they battle the impact of Covid-19 on their towns and cities and we’re calling on businesses who want to offer support to contact us to make sure their support gets to the right place at the right time.”

The National Business Response Network is already delivering business support direct to communities. FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to almost 11,000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom.

We identified that Fareshare distribution centres in Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle needed support with food distribution and matched them with a London North Eastern Railway (LNER) offer to provide support. LNER have distributed over 11,000 sandwiches and are working with us to look at how they might increase the scale of this further.

To meet Fareshare’s needs, the National Business Response Network:

Identified and mapped community need in the regions: Our delivery and impact team have worked through our existing community networks to identify needs and gaps in support and map this across our regional networks.
Solicited support: We requested the support of the leading businesses across all of our regions through our member network and relationship managers.

Brokered the support between the businesses and Fareshare: We facilitated conversations between LNER and Fareshare regional distribution centres and multiple independent food charities to distribute LNER’s supply of food to centres and charities in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and York.

Community organisations in need of help can log their requests with us by calling our 24-hour hotline (0141 285 3821), emailing localresiliencesupport@bitc.org.uk or posting on our online board of needs and offers: www.businessresponsecovid.org.uk

We are urging all companies who want to offer support to get in touch with us to find out where their help is most needed. They can also post their offers on our online board or they can find out more by emailing: businessresponse@bitc.org.uk

Media Contact:
Katherine Howbrook, head of media and external affairs, Business in the Community
Email: katherine.howbrook@bitc.org.uk, Tel: 07515 119 096

About Business in the Community
Business in the community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business.
We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:
Develop a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow;
Build thriving communities where people want to live and work;
Innovate to sustain and repair our planet.
www.bitc.org.uk

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