BID Member Update: 11 March 2022

How should we commemorate the pandemic in Blackburn with Darwen? 

Two years on from the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Blackburn with Darwen Council is planning a permanent memorial to this defining period in our social history.   A survey has gone live this week, asking for opinions on how the pandemic should be commemorated in Blackburn with Darwen – the borough that, for a long time, was the hardest hit in the whole of England in terms of the high number of Covid cases and the length of time residents lived under tighter restrictions than other areas.

The Council wants to gather opinions of local people of all ages and backgrounds. Please take just a few minutes to tell us what you think – click before 31 March.

Mental Health in the Workplace

This session is delivered by experts in mental health in partnership with Blackburn College.  It will discuss why we should talk about mental health in the workplace, how we can challenge stigma and discrimination and the importance of implementing positive mental health initiatives in your organisation. Join us to get your mental health journey started!

Research shows that poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year. It also finds that on average, for every £1 spent in supporting your employee’s mental health, you will get £5 back on your investment through reduced presenteeism, absenteeism and staff turnover.  Encouraging conversations that educate and break the stigma around mental ill-health creates organisation-wide culture change. This webinar will help you start thinking about what you can do to support your colleagues, and give you some practical ideas to get started on your mental health journey.

Delivered by Advocacy Focus, a health and social care charity and winners of the MIND Wellbeing Index Gold Award in 2019 and 2020, we use our expertise in this area to support organisations across the country to take mental health and wellbeing seriously. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the financially right thing for your business to do!

DATE: Wednesday 30 March 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM (UTC+00)

LOCATION: Online event access details will be provided by the event organiser

Book now here:

Business insights and impact on the UK economy: 10 March 2022

The Office for National Statistics has published its latest ‘Business insights and impact on the UK economy: 10 March 2022’ report.  Some of the main points of the report are:

  • In late February 2022, the percentage of currently trading businesses rose to 94%, its highest level since comparable estimates began in June 2020. 
  • For businesses not permanently stopped trading, data suggest that fewer employees were working from home (11%), and more have moved to using a hybrid model of working (19%) in early February 2022; these figures have changed from 15% and 16% respectively in early January 2022. 
  • Approximately one in six (16%) businesses not permanently stopped trading experienced global supply chain disruption in the last month; this is unchanged from January 2022. 
  • Businesses not permanently stopped trading reported hourly wages were higher than normal for both existing (12%) and new employees (10%) in the last month; among businesses in the accommodation and food service activities industry, 37% and 33% reported hourly wages were higher for existing and new employees in the last month, up by 22 and 9 percentage points respectively, from January 2022. 
  • Three in five (60%) of businesses not permanently stopped trading reported they have concerns for their business in the next month; the top two concerns were inflation of goods and services prices (21%) and energy prices (15%). 
  • In late February 2022, 5% of businesses reported that they have low or no confidence of surviving the next three months; this percentage has fallen steadily since early December 2021; meanwhile, 38% of businesses reported to have three months or less of cash reserves, including no reserves.

The full report is available here:

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