AS more businesses begin preparations to re-open local Member of the Senedd for Llanelli, Lee Waters, brought together experts advisers in an online seminar to give advice to local firms on how to return to work safely.

Lee Waters, who is also Deputy Economy Minister in the Welsh Government, hosted a successful webinar last Friday attended by over 20 local employers including Gestamp, Llanelli Scarlets, and Trinity Saint David university along with a range of small local businesses, to understand the new Welsh Government guidelines about getting back to work and the new normal.

>Supported by experts from the umbrella body Industry Wales and BT, attendees discussed the main issues about what will happen to businesses as we come out of lockdown and more areas start to re-open. As well as getting the latest advice from Industry Wales, businesses received a webinar on maintaining working at home and were able to question experts from the Federation of Small Businesses, Business Wales and Carmarthenshire County Council.

During the seminar businesses were able to quiz the man who oversaw the writing of the guidance, former European President of Calsonic James Davies, who is now executive Chair of the umbrella body from Industry Wales.

Llanelli’s MS Lee Waters said:

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“We know the lockdown has been very tough for businesses right across Wales. It’s important to have these discussions and to provide clarity for businesses at these challenging times. It is vital that when the Welsh Government allows these sectors to return to work that they are able to do so with confidence and clear guidance. I am pleased to be able to facilitate such a discussion and that businesses found it helpful.”

Businesses agreed that it provided an informative and productive space for businesses to seek advice from industry experts and exchange ideas.

James Davies of Industry Wales said:

“It is good to see the level of interest of leaders to consider preparation for their workers to safely return to work. The dynamic within the event also considered how smaller, sometimes less connected businesses in the currently restricted Covid-19 sectors could work together to find a best practice that will be required to allow the next level of lockdown to be lifted.”

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