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Representing the Surrey Business Community

Supporting the Surrey Business Community

Business Support Finder from the UK government

Overview of Government support available to businesses

Promoting the Surrey Business Community


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:

  1. 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.
  2. To listen to business concerns and feedback and where necessary, raise the concern/feedback with the UK government through the British Chambers of Commerce.
  3. Push the UK government to provide the required support for businesses no matter their size or sector in a timely manner.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide our 4 values to our members in promoting, connecting, supporting, and representing them through these difficult times.
  6. Continue to provide support and services to businesses trading internationally.
  7. 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


Representing the Surrey Business Community  Section 1

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. 

If you require any information or wish to feedback your issues/experiences please email   gary.hayes@surrey-chambers.co.uk  or  louise.punter@surrey-chambers.co.uk 


Supporting the Surrey Business Community  Section 2

UK Government

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. 


Overview of Government support available to businesses  Section 3

 

Government support & Information

 

Funding and support

 

Self-employed people and sole traders

 

Your responsibilities as an employer

 

Managing your business during coronavirus

 

Business closures

 

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  hannah.joslyn@surrey-chambers.co.uk.

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!

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