DMU asks businesses to help in Leicester’s economic recovery

Businesses are being asked to share their experiences of how coronavirus pandemic has affected them as part of efforts to help Leicester build back better.

A series of events has been organised to bring together start-ups, SMEs and the global names who have made their homes in the city and county.

It is the latest round of consultations co-ordinated by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) which is working with Leicester City Council, healthcare organisations and the emergency services to assess the impact that the virus has had on Leicester in five key areas – health, the economy, communities, infrastructure and the environment.

“We want to hear from the business community and how they have been affected over the past few months,” explained Mark Charlton, DMU’s Associate Director of Public Engagement.

“Working together as a city, with communities and businesses alike, gives us the best chance of co-creating sustainable solutions in the short, medium and long-term that will benefit Leicester.”

The first sessions with businesses are being held online. Book here for on July 7 or click here for July 9.

Businesses can share their own experiences about the way that they adapted, how they have managed home working, their views on Government measures – and what they would like to see, and more.

Helen Donnellan, title here, said: “With the range of businesses located in the region, Leicestershire is a county with collaboration and community at its core.

“We at DMU are pleased to work with a wide variety of these businesses and value their contributions to the potential solutions for the future of the city and wider area.”

For the past three months, DMU has been running consultations and analysis looking at the effects of coronavirus on different sectors of society, either through discussions, surveys or interviews and trying to find ways to prevent anyone being left behind.

More than 70 academic experts in diverse fields such as economics, business, the arts, technology and healthcare are part of the project, working with residents, communities, businesses and arts organisations to come up with the ideas.