Mersey Maritime takes lead role in UK supply chain taskforce

Industry body Mersey Maritime is taking a lead role in a national taskforce that will ensure vital support for companies keeping Britain supplied during the coronavirus crisis.

Maritime includes business sectors such as shipping, logistics and transportation and the smooth running of businesses in these sectors is critical to the function of the supply of food and medical supplies across the UK.

At a virtual meeting of the Maritime UK National Council on March 19, many in the maritime sector expressed an urgent need to ensure businesses are receiving lifeline support to provide cashflow and keep staff employed.

The Government has announced a range of targeted business support to companies of all sizes in the form of grants and loans.

However, many maritime businesses have expressed serious concerns about their ability to continue operating in the coming weeks.

The new Maritime Business Continuity Taskforce, which will hold its first virtual meeting today (March 26) will see the maritime industry come together with senior Government officials to identify, discuss and to action initiatives to support business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The taskforce will be the incisive voice of the industry to government with focus on the key and immediate issues that need support.

The first meeting is expected initially to focus on access to liquidity for the entire maritime ecosystem.

It will then look at what support will be needed to rebuild after the initial economic shock.

Mersey Maritime represents the maritime industry across the Liverpool City Region, which is worth more than £4bn a year and employs around 50,000 people . . . .

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