Advice online to help tradersBy Mike Pyle
March 18, 2009
“Real help” is available for people and businesses struggling to cope with the continuing effects of the recession.
The Government has launched Real Help Now, an online information service with a focus on the South East, to help small businesses with cash flow problems.
The service will also aim to help people who have found themselves struggling to pay mortgages.
Via the website, small businesses can access a range of information specific to the area, including how to help secure credit and finance, help to manage your business through the downturn and how to invest for the future.
Karen Durcan, regional organiser for the Thames Valley branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “One of the problems that small businesses have is knowing that there is information available to them.
“Small businesses need real help and this is something the Government can do to provide real relief.
“The key is making sure that this information is available and ready to find for all small businesses.”
The scheme has been launched with help from the South East Economic Delivery Council (SEEDC).
The Real Help Now scheme also aims to help individuals and families who are struggling in the downturn.
The website tells people how to avoid repossession, get training to help further their careers, get the benefits available to them and more.
Jonathan Shaw, regional minister for the South East and chairman of SEEDC, said: “In these difficult times, organisations in the South East are working closely with the Government in ensuring that families and businesses in the region are better placed to face economic uncertainties.”
For more information go to www.realhelpnow.gov.uk.