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Council announces second wave of recession aid - 09.07.09

A wide-ranging second wave of projects to support local businesses and families during the recession has been announced by Sutton Council to follow up on the ten point economic action plan launched last year.

Debt advice projects, a mortgage rescue service, volunteering programmes and an apprenticeship scheme at the council to improve the job prospects of young people are included in the plan.

The second wave of projects aim to make sure Sutton is well placed to make a swift economic recovery. They were announced at a meeting of the council's Executive on 7 July.

The council is working closely with partners across the borough such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Sutton Chamber of Commerce, Carshalton College and SCOLA to deliver them and help residents and businesses through the recession.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"We know that many of our small businesses and residents are suffering in the current economic climate and we are doing everything we can to help.

"Our ten point economic recovery plan gave real help to families and businesses in Sutton and we are building on this with a fresh wave of action.

"It is a wide ranging, comprehensive plan with partner organisations to support residents and businesses through the recession."

Helping local people start their own business by providing information and advice is an example of one such project. 'Sutton in Business' is a project

aimed at people who have recently been made redundant find an alternate route to employment by starting their own business. The council in close partnership with The Sutton Chamber of Commerce will be holding 6 half day seminars over the coming twelve months.

Another project aimed at helping businesses is 'Surviving and Thriving'. Working in partnership with the Sutton Chamber of Commerce, Business Focus and Business Link, it will provide tailored services for helping businesses through the recession by offering a range of information and advice from finance to marketing tips. Workshops and business clinics will also aid survival and encourage business growth.

'Supply Sutton' is a project aimed at linking up main contractors with local suppliers in order to boost the local economy. We will be arranging procurement events over the next year for local suppliers to meet larger main contractors and encourage them to use Sutton businesses. We will be delivering this project with The Sutton Chamber of Commerce.

Sutton was one of the first boroughs to set out a plan for action to deal with the recession. The Ten Point Plan was launched in November 2008 and was an immediate response to residents and businesses' needs.

Last updated: Monday, 13 July 2009

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