Issue details

Approval to deliver a range of emergency economic development services in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic and its impact on the Havering Economy

The Chief Executive is requested to approve and endorse the highlighted measures outlined below:


1.         To aggregate and fact-check news to inform an internal economic briefing

2.         To engage with Time FM as a channel for the coordination of reciprocal local business collaboration

3.         To increase the frequency of the Business Briefing for release as frequently as daily

4.         To establish a protocol for daily website updates to act as a respected and authoritative source of information to local business

5.         To establish a telephone hotline for local business enquiries for information – this will supplement rather than replace existing customer contact channels

6.         To deliver a programme of webinars to inform local businesses and importantly receive feedback

7.         To undertake gap analysis of support given by HM Government to all sections of the local economy especially the recently self-employed and those not operating out of business rated properties.

8.         To undertake a business impact survey to measure further required impact mitigation

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/04/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
This matter, with the consent of the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Board, will be dealt with by way of Special Urgency in order to act as quickly as possible to take the appropriate action in the light of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Decision due: 3 Apr 2020 by Chief Executive
Reason: Decision by Special Urgency

Lead director: Director of Regeneration Programme Delivery

Department: Economic Development

Contact: Howard Swift Email:


Cabinet, SLT and business partners will be consulted in respect of this decision.



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