National Express is our biggest local private sector employer employing some 350 drivers, engineers and back office staff. They’re doing a big job preparing to keep passengers safe as they resume and increase their services post-Covid. I caught up with Richard Smith about their plans.
The Covid crisis has seen Black Country Food Bank work overtime and help some 7,000 people over the past few months. You can help Jen and the team by donating food items or volunteering. Jen Coleman from the food bank joins me in this episode.
The music and entertainment venue Red By Night started up just a few months ago in Brierley Hill, and then suddenly covid hit. Vicki Wilkes joins me to talk about how she's coped, some of the help she’s received as she navigates her business through this difficult time, and what the venue may look like in the post-covid world.
Whether it’s cashflow, budgets or keeping staff and customers safe, Black Country businesses will have a lot to plan and juggle as we begin to leave lockdown. Black Country Chamber of Commerce is working tirelessly to help, and I'm pleased to be joined by Corin Crane.
Kingswinford Royal British Legion do an amazing job year round supporting our service men and women, veterans and their families. Now, they are bringing together local volunteers to deliver essential items to people in need during this lockdown. More here with John from the club.
Social distancing is especially tough on families with loved ones receiving end-of-life care right now. The Mary Stevens Hospice is doing a great job helping patients and enabling their families to stay in contact through technology. I'm very pleased to be joined by Claire Towns from the hospice. Once again, forgive the audio quality as we have these conversations remotely to keep everyone safe in this pandemic.
We are coming together during this horrible COVID-19 outbreak and showing that real “Dudley Spirit”. The perfect example is the team at Russells Hall Hospital who are working heroically for their patients. Diane Wake, Chief Executive at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, talks to us about about her team's efforts during this difficult time. Once again forgive the audio quality as we record these remotely to keep everyone safe.
As we deal with the coronavirus, I am beginning a series of short community information podcasts which aim to provide useful information and advice for people in Dudley South. In this episode, I’m joined by Deborah Harkins, the Director of Public Health at Dudley Council. They are doing fantastic work to help our community get through this. Forgive the audio quality as this episode has been done remotely in order to keep guests safe and we are getting information out in as real time as possible.
Join me from the bustling Brierley Hill market as I get together with the local butcher, a property developer, the Chamber of Commerce and market management to discuss ways in which we can help our area thrive. Business rates, red tape and town centre investment all on the agenda!