Representative body for the maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region, Mersey Maritime, have launched the second round of their comprehensive business support survey in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organisation they led this initiative at a national level in April to ensure the unique interests of maritime sector businesses were captured and then represented at the highest level of decision making possible. As a key member of the Maritime UK ‘Maritime Business Continuity Taskforce’, the results of the survey were fed into the Department for Transport and other Government departments in the weekly meetings that have been taking place as a response to the crisis. Now the second iteration of the survey is available for maritime businesses to complete over the course of the next two weeks.
Commenting, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke, said:
“The reason Mersey Maritime exists is to represent the views and interests of all its members, large or small. This is so vitally important at this time of unprecedented national challenge as the country, and our maritime industry, continues to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. It became clear to us early on in the crisis, that the perspective of maritime wasn’t always as prominent as it needed to be in the range of measures implemented to assist businesses and other organisations in dealing with the threats they were experiencing on a daily basis. That’s why we launched the original survey which was then rolled out as best practice across the other regions of the United Kingdom and through our partner maritime trade associations.
“Now it is time to follow up with a further deep dive into what the industry is experiencing and as a way to identify what additional measures might be needed to offer support. We know the Government now wish to focus on three key phases: Restart, Recover and Renew. The insights that this survey will provide, direct from our members and partner organisations, will be crucial in allowing us to represent the industry once again with ministers and their officials. Our industry has already show its resilience in order to keep the country fed, supplied and fuelled, but now we need to further understand the ‘state of health’ of the sector out there as we look to the recovery stage.
“I would urge all maritime businesses in the Liverpool City Region to engage with us on this important process.”
To access the simple, ninety second survey, click here: https://merseymaritime.typeform.com/to/SxwP1o