Businesses that have more than
a fifth of their turnover generated by Rover are to be given a special
Companies in Coventry and
Warwickshire that qualify for the help, announced by Trade and
Industry Secretary Stephen Byers, are to be identified by business
experts at the Chamber.
will be put together to help each company. The measures were announced
as firms in the area affected by the Rover sale met to discuss their
Project leader Eddie Marston
said that a third of the 100 delegates at the emergency conference
said they would meet the new criteria for help.
“The tailored packages
will include further help to create new business plans and marketing
strategies and will be backed up with capital investment grants for
those companies that fulfil the relevant criteria.
“One third of delegates
who filled in an evaluation form at last night’s meeting declared
that they do indeed meet the criteria, whilst over half are
affected, but not to the same degree.
“For those who do not meet
the threshold there are strong business support teams already in
place to help.”
Issues raised by firms at the
two-hour sessions included concerns that employers’ views should be
given greater representation at a sub-regional forum.
There was also discussion
about the creation of a brokerage service to allow skilled workers to
transfer jobs and create new skills.
Chamber president Isabella
“Companies need to watch
this space and ensure they get involved in order to prepare for the
“Chamber support is
available now through a variety of sources and more is on its
A special internet forum is
being developed at the Chamber’s web site to allow those affected by
Rover’s sale to be kept up-to-date with developments.
More information about the
Chamber Rover project team from Sophie Morgan on 024 7665 4343.