Until the COVID-19 pandemic, our key aim was to develop, advance and promote the professional development of Hertfordshire's VCSE sector helping bring income, jobs and investment into the county. Now, it is more about helping organisations, recover.VA
99% of circa 65,000 businesses in the county are small companies, sole traders, charities and social enterprises. Most have limited reserves and many now face cashflow problems. The hospitality sector is particularly hit hard with many pubs, restuarants, theatres and music venues facing the risk of permanent closure. Charity fundraising events have been cancelled at a time when they need more donations to cope with increased demand from vulnerable residents. Many play a vital role in helping local authorities deliver health & social care, affordable housing and community services. They also deliver vital support and protection services for the NHS and Herts Police so if they are forced to close, it will increase the pressure on public services and the public purse.
Working with stakeholders, we therefore seek to ensure all enterprises needing support receive it whether it is physical resources, funding, information, advice and / or training. And, to help the recovery effort, we have established the Herts Business Recovery Forum where businesses can have their say on what needs to be done to get the Hertfordshire economy "back on track". We encourage you to join and participate.
About the Founder
Nigel Farren, has 45 years + business experience in the private, public and third sectors. Former responsibilities include Head of UK Corporate Banking for a world top 10 bank; Managing Director, Europe for a world-leading publishing company; CEO of a social enterprise helping people in fuel poverty and Managing Director of four start-ups, one becoming market leader in Europe.
Current voluntary positions include member of the Hertfordshire Economic Resilience Cell working with Hertfordshire County Council,
Herts LEP, Herts Chamber of Commerce, the University of Herts and other stakeholders to build a plan for the short, medium and long-term recovery and resilience of the local economy. He is also a member of the Herts Community Leaders Forum strengthening the voice of the Third sector in the county. Former voluntary positions included Adviser to the UK Government on community energy, Trustee of a social enterprise in the sport/leisure sector and Trustee of an umbrella organisation for the voluntary and community sector.