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23rd July 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our lives. In some way all businesses across all sectors throughout Shropshire have been affected.

Our town centres have been impacted, some of which were already struggling following the severe flooding in February, followed by lockdown down on the March 23rd 2020 while the county was protecting its population during the pandemic.

Now though, our towns are beginning to open up again as lockdown measures ease. Non-essential retail and hospitality businesses can now trade, albeit with new restrictions to protect people, and consumers are beginning to return to the High Street.

We want to track how towns are adapting to the “new normal” and to monitor how consumer confidence is rebuilding so that we can make informed policy and investment decisions to help support town centre recovery.

To help us, please spare a couple of minutes to complete this short online survey. Whether you are a local independent business, run a branch of a national chain, represent local businesses or live locally, we value your opinion. As the survey will be live for the next few months, please come back every month or so and complete it again so that we can see what is changing.

Complete the survey here »

There is some other material related to Covid-19 that you may find useful:

  • Information for businesses and the self-employed can be found here.
  • Businesses are reminded of the need to undertake a COVID risk assessment, more information on how to undertake this can be found here.
  • Shropshire Council has made low cost COVID risk assessment training available which can be found here.
8th July 2020

NALC has announced a new online event series that will focus on the theme of rebuilding communities.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on many lives, the economy and local communities. Local (parish and town) councils are having to think differently about how they work, connect and engage with their communities to reflect this new context.

With this in mind, the new online event series will bring together national influencers, policymakers and decision-makers, along with people from across the local council sector to share the latest ideas and inspiration on how we can build back stronger and more resilient communities for the future.

Throughout the next 18-months, the online event series will comprise two different formats. Leaders talk will feature prominent policymakers and leading national organisations to provide insight, analysis and perspectives. In conversation will connect councillors and clerks from across the country to share practice and learn from one another.

The first of the online events is on 28 July 2020 with an In conversation session on building back stronger communities, which will be FREE to NALC members. This event is in partnership with BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA.

Find out more about the online events


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