Online Support from Westminster Business Council

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Westminster Business Council (WBC), where we sit on the Board, have been doing a great job throughout the last 6 months, keeping businesses connected and providing practical advice to help the business community get through the strangest and most difficult period that many of us can remember. Set to continue with this virtual support, you can find out more about WBC’s events and register for updates here.

In the meantime, here’s a recap from Sophie Shrubsole, who has been doing an excellent job in creating and managing the programme, detailing what we’ve been doing and looking ahead to what’s in store for members and the wider business community.

“We began in April as events were unfolding to migrate our business support workshops online. We covered the pressing issues such as access to Government loans and understanding the furlough scheme. We also held seminars providing tips to SMEs about potential changes to company structure and finances in order to survive the initial blow of the pandemic.

As weeks turned to months of working from home, we at Westminster Business Council turned our attention to webinars and interactive sessions on business strategy, marketing essentials and even ‘how to sell in a crisis’.

We were pleased to be able to welcome Councillor Matthew Green, the Cabinet Member for Business at Westminster City Council, to provide further information to our members on the City Council’s plans for supporting business. This was followed shortly thereafter by a private session for our members with Paul Scully MP, the Small Business Minister. Our members were able to ask Mr Scully directly about future Government plans for support and also were given the opportunity to raise personally their biggest concerns and challenges. We were delighted to be able to facilitate this opportunity for our members.

One of the most important parts of our work has been keeping in touch regularly with our members to see where we can provide direct support by way of introductions to help sustain revenue.

We haven’t forgotten how tough this period has been for the next generation of employees—the students across the City of Westminster. That is why we have facilitated a number of Zoom calls for the City’s education providers, connecting them with employers who were able to give advice on the state of the market in their industry and where future opportunities may lie.

We are very proud of the work that we’ve done for our community over the last six months, but we won’t stop. There is lots more to be achieved, and we’d welcome a conversation about how we can help you and your business.”

If you’re doing business in Westminster and would like more details, see WBC’s website here.