FIRMS seeking business support, inspiration and guidance in the Dundee and Angus region during the coronavirus pandemic will soon be able to access a new programme by the area’s Chamber of Commerce.

The Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has worked with partners across the private, public, education and third sectors to come up with a programme of support for organisations needing guidance during the crisis.

The Partners for Business Programme aims to support the area’s strong local business sector.

Alison Henderson, CEO of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, said: “At this time of intense change and challenge, we are proud that our partners have come together to extend that expertise and support to every local business who needs it.

“Whether a business wants to talk through implementing a programme of change in their business model, skills to empower their staff to develop new product lines or commercial resilience, or creating robust communication plans to ensure customers are fully engaged, our partners will have incredible resources and teams with the right skills to lend a supportive and knowledgeable ear.

“Being action-focused and strategic at times of crisis can always feel like a positive step, and now more than ever, businesses need to be planning for recovery and what happens when we are back to normal – whatever that new normal looks like.”

Henderson said she encouraged anyone who is interested in the programme to contact the chamber for more information.

The programme is set to include expert speakers joining the chamber’s webinar sessions on key topics, knowledge and expertise sharing in the A View from the Bridge series, and mentoring to guidance and support firms.

The chamber said that mentoring could be as little or as much as emails or phone calls or a one-off online meeting.

They added that the programme, available to companies in Dundee and Angus, will be delivered around a needs-based issue such as financial management, product line innovation, succession planning, new manager support, commercial development or sales and marketing.

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