Council lends North Devon a helping hand

North Devon Council is working with local organisations offering help to businesses and individuals during the economic downturn. Plans are also being put together to meet the long term needs of the area as well so that it is ready once the economy takes

North Devon Council is working with local organisations offering help to businesses and individuals during the economic downturn.Plans are also being put together to meet the long term needs of the area as well so that it is ready once the economy takes a turn for the better.These include identifying future employment sites, regenerating key areas and providing an initial business support loan scheme for priority firms.North Devon Council has also been working alongside North Devon+ to create a redundancy and business support task force and to develop economic opportunities for the future. TrendsMartin Wickham, general manager for North Devon+, said: " We would be naive to believe that we can buck the global trends during this very difficult time. However, I strongly believe that by working together with the local authorities and other support agencies Northern Devon can weather this economic storm better than our competitors."Portfolio Holder for Economy and Regeneration, Cllr Malcolm Prowse, said: "It is a terrible time for our local businesses so we must do all we can to help. By using all of our contacts in the business world, we are able to pool together many resources to give the very best help and support to those who are in need during these difficult times."TroubleLeader of the Council, Cllr Mike Harrison said: "Many people don't know where to turn when their business is in trouble, so we want to make sure that people are aware that there is help available. I would urge anyone who finds themselves in difficulties to contact us and we will do everything we can to help through this difficult time.""On the positive side, things are looking good for the tourism industry this year with healthy bookings as people choose to holiday at home due to the weak pound. Some parts of the farming sector also seem to be in a stronger position due to rising prices of finished stock."But with many other sectors struggling, the council is continually looking into other areas where assistance may be given in the future."For more information, visit the council website www.northdevon.gov.uk


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