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Free resources available to West Berkshire businesses

West Berkshire businesses can access posters and advice to help them to re-open safely.

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Issued on: 26 May 2020.

The resources, which have been created by the council's Graphic Design team and the Public Protection Partnership, will ensure that businesses have clear and consistent advice and signage available to them as they begin to welcome customers for the first time since they were advised to close in later March.

The council has also issued an order to close parts of Newbury Town Centre to traffic temporarily in order to assist with queuing and safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the town centre. The Network Management Team will be contacting parish and town councils to review whether similar arrangements are necessary in other parts of the district.

These two initiatives form part of a comprehensive package of support to West Berkshire businesses which includes over £23m of Central Government funding, a business rates deferral for all businesses in April and May and fully-funded advice which is available through the Berkshire Growth Hub.

Commenting on the support, Ross Mackinnon, Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development, said:

"We know that many businesses in the district are making plans to re-open in the next few weeks following the new Government guidance. We want to make this as easy for them as possible, which is why we've created some online resources including downloadable posters and useful tips.

"We're also looking at road closures, signage in public facilities, cleansing schedules and other ways of making sure re-openings happen safely.

"If any businesses need further assistance from us so that they can re-open safely, please contact us and we will do all we can to help. Town and parish councils who feel that there are safety concerns in their area should also get in touch to raise their concerns."

Details of the Berkshire Growth Hub can be found at http://www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk.

The Network Management Team can be contacted at trafficandroadsafety@westberks.gov.uk.