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Council sends urgent callout to West Sussex businesses for PPE

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West Sussex businesses are being asked if they can supply or donate any personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect frontline workers who are delivering essential services to residents during the coronavirus outbreak. 

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said:

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those businesses who have already come forward to donate or supply PPE for frontline staff in West Sussex during the COVID-19 crisis.

“As businesses will be aware, there is nationally an acute shortage of PPE across all services that support the public. Our council is urgently looking to increase its supplies of PPE for frontline staff which includes social workers, care home workers, community hub delivery drivers and Fire and Rescue Service workers.

“Whilst we are receiving PPE supplies, the current situation means we need to continually increase supplies coming in – obviously there is great demand across the county for equipment, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.

“We would really like to talk to any business in West Sussex that has or is producing PPE that could be donated to or purchased by the County Council.”

Examples of PPE needed are:

  • Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)
  • Hand sanitiser gel dispensers
  • Disposable shoes, overalls and plastic aprons (single use) – CE marked
  • Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking 3
  • Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use

The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, has a full list of PPE required on its website: www.sussex.police.uk/srf. In addition to the items on the SRF list, there is an urgent need for sanitiser gel dispenser bottles (ideally not larger than 1 ltr and flip lid or hand pump preferred).

All PPE items need to conform to the correct safety standards – detailed specifications are available on the gov.uk website.

If your business may be able to help in any way, please email PPEOffers@westsussex.gov.uk and the council will get in touch with you.

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‘How is COVID-19 impacting your business?’ Crawley Council wants to know

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Tell Crawley Borough Council about the impact of coronavirus on your business.

The council, working together with Manor Royal BID, has released a new survey asking businesses to report how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

In response to the pandemic, the council is forming an Economic Recovery Taskforce alongside local businesses, community and stakeholder representatives to evaluate the true impact of the crisis on the local economy and develop a coherent Economic Recovery Plan for the town, including how the forthcoming Crawley Towns Fund programme should be spent to aid recovery.

This survey will provide the council and Manor Royal BID with “real time” information on the impact of the crisis on day to day business activity in Crawley and help the council and the BID to understand what additional support is needed for local businesses at this time.  

Businesses will be asked how staffing levels and turnover have been affected, what Government business support schemes they have used and what further support they may need.

All responses to the survey will be treated with confidence and the results will only be read by those involved in formulating a response to the COVID-19 crisis as part of Crawley’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said: “Our initial aim was to support businesses as quickly as possible, using the Government’s Small Business Rates Relief Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Now we need to look at our long term recovery plan and this includes hearing from businesses and finding out where further resources need to be directed.”

Executive Director at Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer, said:

“How we come through this will depend on our ability to work together for an even better Crawley. We will work enthusiastically alongside the council as part of the Crawley Taskforce, which begins with collecting meaningful data from businesses so we can design a place-specific collective response. We encourage all businesses to complete this short but important survey.”

To fill out the survey, visit crawley.gov.uk/council-information/how-council-works/consultation

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