The power of communities and businesses

Bringing communities and businesses together in their time of need

Partnerships

4 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic represents our worst public health and economic crisis in a generation. During this unprecedented crisis, it’s vital that communities receive much needed support from businesses who have the resources to help. In April 2020, we partnered with Business in the Community to found the National Business Response Network, helping match communities in need of help with businesses that can offer support.

National Business Response Network alongside a map of the UK made up of cogs, and the founding partner logos - AXA, Covid-19 support fund (supported by the insurance and long-term savings industry) and the London Stock Exchange Group

The National Business Response Network connects national and local community groups, businesses, local authorities and charities needing help in providing food, medicine or community services with business offers of help. Our £1 million donation has helped accelerate the efforts of the initiative, which as of 3 August, has achieved over 2,000 matches since its launch.

Despite the easing of lockdown, the network continues to face great demand for support, focusing its activity on four key areas helping communities navigate their way through the coronavirus pandemic:

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Food

Ensuring people have continued access to food


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Community care

Support to vulnerable groups and older people to enable continued access to food, healthcare, social interaction and other essentials

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Technology

Support that enables children to continue learning and older people to stay connected to families


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Small businesses

Creating resources with advice and practical tools specifically for small businesses; providing business continuity and wellbeing support through mentoring for small businesses

The network is supported by over 750 business leaders, committed and ready to take action by mobilising their thousands of employees, supply chains and partners in their local community. But there is more to do, with the areas most urgently in need of support from business being food, technology, clothing and skills support.

Communities coming together during a time in need

Since launching, the National Business Response Network has facilitated over 2,000 matches, making a real difference to people’s lives. From donations of smartphones that have allowed clients at Elmore Community Services in Oxford to continue receiving essential face-to-face mental health support throughout the crisis, to donations of food and sandwiches that have helped organisations like Fareshare support over 200 communities across the country. Volunteers have also been helping to man the helplines of organisations such as Advice NI and Age NI. But there is still more to do. Community organisations in need of help and businesses wanting to offer their support, can visit the National Business Response Network online board of needs and offers.

How you can help

Community organisations in need of help and businesses wanting to offer their support, can visit the National Business Response Network online board of needs and offers.