Connect Derby Team Supports Derby City Council's Efforts to Help Businesses During COVID-19
The Connect Derby team, which is headed up by Ann Bhatti, has been supporting Derby City Council teams and services that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the November lockdown, four managers were redeployed to the Council's economic growth team to help manage and distribute the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
Connect Derby's customer support team has offered support to the city council's corporate Health & Safety department, following a demand during the pandemic. Work will includenadmin duties, ranging from the booking of audits to checking the Health & Safety team's digital presence on the council's new website.
Due to the pandemic, the city council's adult social care team currently has reduced admin support so Connect Derby has put forward two members of staff to help with house admin duties.
This comes at a time when Connect Derby has taken on temporary management of Derby's Market Hall, during a period of disruption, which has included Covid-19 and the wider transformation project that is currently underway.
At the same time, Ann and her team have been supporting tenants navigate their way through the current crisis and the changes it has brought to the way we do business.
Commenting on the support given to colleagues at Derby City Council, Ann Bhatti, said:
"We're happy to have been able to offer support to various teams at the city council at a time when they're under significant pressure because of the impact of Covid-19 and the latest lockdown restrictions.
"We support the council's values and are committed to working together to make a positive difference to the city. We're always looking for opportunities to collaborate and are pleased we could utilise our existing skills to immerse ourselves into the Derby City Council team and take on any activities that needed completing as a matter of urgency.
"We'll continue to help our colleagues at Derby City Council as they continue to offer their support and services to the people and businesses of Derby."
Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing, added:
"Every council department is facing challenging times at the moment and it is heartening to see the willingness that Ann Bhatti and her staff in the Connect Derby team have shown to support their colleagues in other departments.
"The help and support they are giving to Council colleagues and traders in the Market Hall is very much appreciated by us all at Derby City Council."