National Business Response 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 need we have launched the National Business Response Network to identify community needs across the UK and match them to the right business support. Through Business in the Community’s vast regional and local connections and leaders, we are able to identify national and local community needs.
The network then connects businesses who have the resources to help.

Support for the nations and regions of the UK

BITC has several years’ experience of supporting business at moments of crisis to engage in the most effective and practical ways and reduce the overload and mass requests made of the very organisations and partners that we want to help rather than slow down. We have a network of collaborative business hubs led by the Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassadors standing by ready in each nation and region, to help us coordinate support in the most effective ways.

To do this we have asked all our members to share the actions they are taking so we can create a new resource for you to use under three key areas:

Practical actions for your business

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

Supporting communities

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

We need to hear from you urgently about the support you need from the BITC network and what resources you have available to help others. 

We will use this information to inform our national and local emergency response. 
Please contact your Business in the Community 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.