Surrey Chambers of Commerce exists to connect, support, promote and represent their members within the Surrey business community and have been doing so for 25 years.
During this unprecedented crisis, the services and support that we provide to our members have not changed from the standard level expected from our Chamber members.
We will keep you up to date on business support available for you, we will shout as loud as necessary to government about your challenges and we will continue to promote you to each other.
As with every business, we are making the necessary adjustments to make sure that we can continue to provide support in a safe and secure environment for our team and our members.
Our top priorities to the Surrey business community are:
- To collate all information and guidance from government and other sources and disseminate this to the wider Surrey business community, providing impartial and useful guidance that businesses can trust.
- To listen to business concerns and feedback and where necessary, raise the concern/feedback with the UK government through the British Chambers of Commerce.
- Push the UK government to provide the required support for businesses no matter their size or sector in a timely manner.
- Provide support to our local authorities in promoting their services and support for businesses based within their area and working with them to make sure their messages are reached by the business community.
- Provide our 4 values to our members in promoting, connecting, supporting, and representing them through these difficult times.
- Continue to provide support and services to businesses trading internationally.
- To support businesses once the lockdown restrictions have been relaxed to reactivate the Surrey economy.
Thank you to all those who contributed to our 3rd ‘Impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Surrey’ Survey – you can find the results of the survey here: Analysis of 3rd Survey
For health information and advice, go to the NHS’s coronavirus pages by clicking the image below.
RESTART, REBUILD, RENEW
RESTART: a phased reopening of the economy
Public health must be at the heart of plans to reopen services and businesses. 10% of businesses won’t be able to open at all under the government’s current working safely guidance. A phased approach to re-opening must account for the links between firms and the services they need to operate such as transport, schools, childcare and many more.
37% of businesses said they were able to implement the government’s working safely guidance and restart fully.
To help firms protect their people and customers through these changes, they need a clear understanding of their responsibilities and liabilities, and plans for the reopening of the services such as schools and public transport that enable their businesses to operate.
- Safely re-open public spaces and restore services (including schools and public transport)
- Safely re-open workplaces and commercial spaces
- Minimise job losses and business failures
- Rebuild supply chains and customer bases
- Enable an effective reopening of the UK economy
Download the policy of the British Chambers of Commerce and Surrey Chambers of Commerce –Restart,Rebuild, Renew – RESTART
REBUILD: building resilience for firms and households
Steps to help businesses and the wider economy to recover from the impact of coronavirus, including legacy issues from the crisis and to build resilience in case of further restrictions or lockdowns.
Launching September 2020
RENEW: returning to prosperity and growth
Bold and substantial action to inject momentum and confidence back into the UK economy with measures aimed at delivering an economic recovery across the whole of the UK.
Launching Q1 2021
As an accredited Chamber to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), we can feed business views, needs and challenges directly to the heart of governments, both in the UK and overseas.
The BCC is in regular communication with the UK government during the COVID-19 pandemic raising issues that businesses are struggling with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or have issues that have not been covered by recent announcements.
It is important that we feedback your experiences, positive or negative, back to the government when applying for any of the government-supported grants and loans on offer during the Coronavirus outbreak.
As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, the information below will inform you about the steps that businesses can implement to minimise the impact on their business and what support is available from the UK government.
It is recommended that ALL businesses use the official Business Support Finder from the UK government which can be found here.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest support from government here.
You can get answers to business questions via the government helpline, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm – 0300 456 3565.
British Chambers of Commerce
The British Chambers of Commerce has useful information and guidance on their website.
Support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
Surrey is covered by two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and both have further advice, information, and grants on their website.
Enterprise M3 Growth Hub (covers West Surrey/Hampshire)
Coast2Capital Growth Hub (covers East Surrey/Sussex)
Other Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations
You can find additional support based on your industry/sector here.
Government support & Information
- FAQs to summarise what you can and can’t do
- Financial support for businesses
- Travelling safely
- Social distancing guidelines
- Guidance on making and wearing face coverings
- Prevent your business from being evicted
- Support from Department of International Trade
Funding and support
- Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund – closes end of September 2020
- Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
- Check if your retail, hospitality, or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Check if your nursery is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility
Self-employed people and sole traders
- Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme – Closes 19th October 2020
- Self-employment and Universal Credit
- If you cannot pay your tax bill on time
- Carry out work in people’s homes safely (tradespeople)
- Drivers’ hours rules relaxations
- Negotiate a mortgage payment holiday
Your responsibilities as an employer
- What you need to do and how to keep your employees safe
- Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): employer guide
- Claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- Find out what to do if your employee needs time off to look after dependants
- Which expenses are taxable if your employees work from home
- Apprenticeships: how they can continue
- Guidance for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors of people affected by coronavirus
Managing your business during coronavirus
- Safe Working Guidance
- How to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
- Cleaning your workplace safely
- Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
- Construction sites and safe working
- Farmers, landowners, and rural businesses
- Food businesses
- Freight transport businesses
- Medical and healthcare industry
- Shipping and seaports businesses
- Supported accommodation, residential care, and home care
- Avoid and report coronavirus scammers
- Businesses that must close
- If you are staying open for business: safe working guidance
- Closing holiday accommodation to temporary residents
Promoting the Surrey Business Community
Are you able to provide a special service or support to the Surrey business community during the crisis? If so, then please do let us know. To find the latest offers and services from Surrey Chamber members, please click here.
If you are able to provide a special service or support to businesses during the crisis, please contact email@example.com.
Health & Wellbeing
With the lockdown being extended, financial pressure, job losses and isolation, Surrey County Council Public Health Team Have a range of support to help those struggling with their mental health, including their Surrey Release the Pressure Campaign: https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/mental-wellbeing/adults/release-the-pressure. There is also a Stay Alive app that you can download.
Other areas of support include:
COVID-19 : Healthy Surrey has a section on COVID-19 and looking after your mental wellbeing. The link is:https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/mental-wellbeing/adults
Mental Health Crisis: https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/mental-wellbeing/adults/crisis
Bereavement and grief: If people have sadly been bereaved there is support available from CRUSE:https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief
If you are struggling with your mental health, please seek help and talk to a professional.
Together we will get through this!