Business Community Supporting Covid-19 Crisis

Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub, is impressed with the way the business community is rallying round to cope with the Coronavirus.

“It has been reassuring to see how the local authorities have operated over the last few days and weeks.

“For example, Warwickshire County Council has stepped in to help the smaller borough and district councils in the area who have found it more difficult to action the grants put forward by the Government due to their cash flow resources so the local authority has expediated that.

Craig Humphrey
Craig Humphrey, Managing Director of CW LEP Growth Hub

Coventry Packaging Supplier turns to Manufacturing PPE

A Coventry company has taken just a week to devise, design and supply a new protective face visor for the NHS – with 10,000 units dispatched within seven days.

Kite Packaging used its team of 12 engineers to design concepts for the visor and a prototype was tested locally by medics last weekend to allow production to start as soon as possible.

An initial batch will reach front line medical staff in the next few days and Kite is confident that they can produce 100,000 of the masks a week and will be able to supply them directly to help speed up supply to staff working for health trusts and organisations across the region and the UK.

Gavin Ashe, Managing Partner of Kite, said:

 “Like many companies we wanted to help and realised that we had the capabilities in-house to design a face visor which would fit the requirements of the medics and workers who are on the front line of the fight against Coronavirus.

“Once our engineers had finalised the concept and we spoke to a range of companies in the industry, they have all responded magnificently.

Gavin Ashe, Managing Partner of Kite

CWLEP Growth Hub Provides Reassurance to Businesses During Uncertain Times


Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub, says the organisation is providing reassurance to businesses as well as information and help during the Coronavirus.

Craig Humphrey

“In the last seven days, we have seen demand rise by 300 per cent throughout all our channels, whether that is over the telephone, email or website enquiries which is understandable as businesses seek answers to help keep their companies going,” he said.

“I have always stressed the importance to our account managers at the Growth Hub of face-to-face meetings and its value has been underlined since the Covid-19 crisis began.


Small Business Grants Announcement

Hundreds of
businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire are set to be contacted by local
authorities, district councils and borough councils to receive grants provided
by the Government due to the Coronavirus.

Government has announced various cash grant payments for SMEs as well as
businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors to support them
during the Covid-19 pandemic.

authorities and councils throughout Coventry and Warwickshire will be
contacting eligible businesses to find out the information needed for companies
to access the grants as soon as possible.