Leading Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams and regional chartered accountants Milsted Langdon have delivered the first in a series of events as part of their ‘Bristol Bounce Back’ initiative. The interactive online event brought together over 100 of the regions business leaders to hear from industry experts and share insight into plans for recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Supported by an expert panel made up of many of the West’s leading business luminaries from organisations including; the Bank of England’s South West agent, John Lewis, West of England Combined Authority, Business West, Quartet Community Foundation, Gapsquare and Barclays plc, the Bristol Bounce Back series has been designed to provide some practical answers to the ‘Big Questions’ for businesses as the economy recovers.
The theme for the first event focused on reopening the city, economy and workplace: how does Bristol get it right? Our guest panel of speakers discussed the challenges businesses are facing and shared insight into solutions for the short term, and how to plan for the road ahead.
Panel member James Durie of Business West summarised the city’s response so far and answered questions from the audience including concerns around the economic impact of potential redundancies at some of Bristol’s biggest employers.
Mark Houghton, Partner and Operations Manager at John Lewis gave an interesting insight into the retailer’s response to reopening, which has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of shoppers allowed in store, from a capacity of 5,000 people down to a maximum of 400 at any one time. Mark explained the store’s strategy of focusing on providing a positive customer experience but also the importance of doing so safely.
Joining the panel were Simon Rowe, partner at Milsted Langdon and Cecily Donoghue, specialist employment solicitor from Gregg Latchams. Simon gave invaluable insight into how businesses can consider financial and strategic preparedness following lockdown, and Cecily provided a detailed explanation of the key considerations for employers now and looking ahead to the coming months.
Commenting on the Bristol Bounce Back event, Richard Hill, Managing Director at Gregg Latchams said: “It has never been more important to bring together the local business community to help support each other through these extreme times and share experiences for the wider benefit.”
More events are planned as part of the Bristol Bounce Back initiative to provide clarity to organisations, help them understand the emerging responses and solutions around the region and build their own plans and recovery strategy. If you would like to find out more and join the guest list please email firstname.lastname@example.org