Growth Company sets up service to help businesses & individuals during coronavirus

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Social enterprise The Growth Company has launched a new initiative aimed at helping businesses and individuals affected by the unprecedented shift in the jobs market caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Employ GM is a free service aiming to connect employers that have urgent vacancies with available individuals across the Greater Manchester region. It has been launched in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “We’re in no doubt about the challenges that many businesses throughout our city-region are facing, which is why we’ve been working hard from the outset with The Growth Company and other partners to put in place all the support we can.

“All of the actions that we take now are going to determine how we move forward after this, which is why we’re helping businesses, sole traders and self-employed business owners to plan ahead and even second workers to where they’re needed most. Greater Manchester always comes together in challenging times, and this has been no exception.”

Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of The Growth Company, added: “Along with our Partners, the Growth Company is here for business and individuals who need support during these uncertain times.

“I am confident that the launch of Employ GM will help us to quickly bridge skills gaps across the city-region, as well as take some of the pressure off organisations by helping them to adapt and be resilient to change.”

Employ GM will provide practical support with the recruitment process; support individuals who have been made redundant due to Covid-19; and support furloughed employees and those unsure about their next steps with careers information and advice.