An update from STEP,

To all of our tenants, clients, staff and partner organisations,

We are incredibly grateful for our brilliant staff who have been working hard to continue to keep our business parks open as long as we can in these difficult circumstances.  

However, over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that we must make the difficult decision to close our locations as of 5 pm, 24th March. 

We have not made this decision lightly and know how important our services are to our tenants and the local business community. But as a team we have been clear throughout this pandemic that we would only continue to operate with a skeleton staff until an official Government decision was clear, we feel now is that time and have therefore made the decision to temporarily remove our physical presence at our locations. 

Some of the STEP and Business Gateway Stirling team will be working from home, so here’s what you can expect from them:

  • The same level of communication and support, just from a safer place.
  • All client meetings normally held face to face will be done using our high-quality video conference software, or via the phone so no need to travel to us.
  • All teams will be fully equipped with the latest business support information to help sustain and future proof your business. 
  • All workshops and events will be postponed from now until the end of May, this will be reviewed regularly and an online webinar and tutorial service will be available from the bgateway.com website.

We want to say thanks to all of our team. We are genuinely proud of them for adapting so quickly to different work environments and taking things as they come. They have made our job easier in so many ways. 

We have also been truly humbled by our amazing tenants in these truly trying times. All of our tenants will still have 24/7 access to their space and many are finding new innovative ways to keep trading. We would recommend everyone buys locally to keep these wonderful businesses going. Our property team will be keeping in regular contact with all of our tenants as both business support advisors, helping where they can and as a landlord, about the logistics of closing our locations. 

In light of the massive impact, COVID-19 is having on businesses, STEP and Business Gateway Stirling have joined forces with Stirling Council and other local partners to form a strategic COVID-19 response group to streamline support and create a one-point contact for businesses. 

You can find out about this support in more detail on the Stirling COVID-19 Business Support website http://www.investinstirling.com/investor-support/corona-virus-advice/

Lastly but by no means least, we would like to thank all of you key workers out there from front line NHS and emergency service staff, to delivery drivers, customer assistants, communication teams and everyone in between. 

There are so many unsung heroes working tirelessly to save lives, reduce the spread of the virus and keep what sense of normality we can. We owe you so much. 

We will continue to update you via our website, social media channels and via e-mail. 

Thank you and stay safe,

The STEP management team. 

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