National Business Response Network

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About the network

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on towns and cities across the UK intensifies, the need to link business support to community need has never been more urgent.

To meet this demand the National Business Response Network matches community needs with the right business support. You can be part of this too, helping to save and change lives through #COVID19.
Here’s how:

Support for business, communities and employers across the UK

BITC has extensive experience of supporting business and communities at moments of crisis. In addition to the matching platform developed as part of the National Response Network, we have developed a range of new COVID-19 resources to help your business, the community and employees.  These are provided under three key areas:

COVID-19 Practical actions for your business

Keeping your business going and supporting suppliers and customers through financial and logistical challenges. 

COVID-19 Supporting communities

Work with BITC to get the best from the Responsible Business Network

For more support, if you are already a Business in the Community member, please contact your BITC relationship manager or email us.


BERG remains active during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG), was created by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to help businesses and communities across the UK to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. BERG is an influential network of UK business leaders and strategic partners that include national charities and UK government departments. The network is convened by Business in the Community.

Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. Of the 5.7 million businesses in the UK, 99.9 per cent are small and medium-sized enterprises, employing 16.1 million people which accounts for 60 per cent of total employment. These same businesses are at risk of being disproportionately impacted by disruptive events such as a fire, flood or cyber-attack. Without proper preparation, any one of these events could result in business failure and potentially life-changing consequences for owners and employees.

Would be you ready for extreme weather?

Although weather is much easier to forecast these days, the impacts of extreme weather events, such as floods, storms and droughts could have huge impacts on an unprepared business. Find out here what your business could do to be better prepared for extreme weather events

Would you ready for a cyber attack?

Most businesses are online today, from customer databases to websites however, most small businesses are not prepared for a cyber-attack. Find out how your business can prepare itself for a cyber-attack, including how to avoid an employee clicking on a phishing link and advice on which password managers to use.

BERG and the digital responsible business agenda

Cybersecurity is critical to the resilience of businesses and is an unavoidable part of a broader digital transformation. Whilst AI-backed geo-mapping allows enhanced forecasting of natural disasters, communication and connectivity technologies are key to their response and a community’s rebuilding. This digital revolution impacts almost every aspect of our society, not to mention business and the environment. Business in the Community’s Responsible Digital Business programme seeks to work with organisations to ensure that this revolution is sustainable, ethical and inclusive.