The C-CARE (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange)
The C-CARE (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange) initiative, funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, is set to reach businesses and people that have been hit hardest in the pandemic.
Drawing on a range of expertise from local government, enterprise and tourism in the UK and France, the project will support people at risk of exclusion from the labour market and businesses at risk of closure.
C-CARE aims to reach 4,500 people and almost 2,000 businesses through its pilot initiatives which include skills training to help individuals find new routes into employment or starting a business, and advice and grants aimed at helping companies reset their business models in response to the pandemic.
It is hoped that the insights and evidence gathered from both sides of the Channel will feed into local plans for Norfolk, to aid recovery and resilience planning and ensure measures are in place to support businesses and people adapt to future pandemics or economic shocks.
New Anglia LEP has secured 1.19m euros for its partnership activity. The LEP will be delivering;
- Coordination of the Respond, Reflect, Report evaluation programme,
- Running a self-employment support programme under C-CARE Support to be launched later in 2021
- A focussed Challenge Fund for future town feasibility work under C-CARE Future Vision to be issued in 2022.
Together the 7 partners will be delivering the following (not all activities are being delivered in Norfolk and Suffolk)
1. Respond, Reflect, Report will enable partners, stakeholders and other Channel projects to review initial Covid-response, gather good practice and bring together lessons learnt in order to shape a new package of Covid-19 response and recovery actions
2. C-CARE Support for Social Inclusion will deliver targeted support to more than 4,547 individuals to develop new skills and tools to help them into employment or start a business
3. C-CARE Support for Business Recovery will provide direct support to over 1,947 businesses via advice, vouchers and grants aimed at helping sectors hard-hit by the pandemic to develop new business models to respond market changes and ensure a green, inclusive and sustainable economic recovery.
4. C-CARE Reset and Redesign will develop blueprints for future town centres to improve long term prospects for businesses and work on new ways to tackle social exclusion.
The C-CARE project received €6.7million from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England programme. The 3-year project runs until June 2023.
- New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
- Norfolk County Council
- Kent County Council
- Plymouth City Council
- Conseil Départemental du Finistère
- Pas-de-Calais Tourisme
- Campus d’Enseignement Supérieure et de Formation Professionnelle’