Coronavirus Updates

 


Surrey Chambers Coronavirus Business Guide

Surrey Chambers Coronavirus Business Guide (Self-Employed)

Official Government Guidance for Businesses

Official Government Guidance on which businesses should be closed

Offers and Support from Surrey Chambers Members

Enterprise M3 Support & Coast2Capital Support


With the recent pandemic declared by the Government surrounding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we have made the decision to set up a dedicated page on our website to bring you the latest information and a “go-to” for business advice and links.

The Surrey Chambers team are working hard to keep up-to date with developments and are fully prepared to advise businesses in the area in whichever capacity we can.

Our Official Statement which details how we are helping business throughout this pandemic can be found here.


Our 6 top priorities to businesses

  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.

Representing the Surrey Business Community

As an accredited Chamber to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), we can feed business intelligence and challenges to governments, both in the UK and overseas.

The BCC is in regular communication with the UK government 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.


Chamber wins for business to date

  • Increased the urgency of getting cash out to businesses through the grants schemes by demonstrating how key it is with examples of our members, where sales have stopped overnight. There is still some delay, but the commitment is there from government.
  • Pushed for automatic deferment of VAT and PAYE payments.
  • Championed Small business grants if they receive rate relief.
  • Highlight and share real life case studies of business struggles with government.

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


Business Support

As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, learn more about the steps that Chambers, and members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government’s strategy.

The information below will consist of Government, local Council and useful links to external websites so you can keep informed on information regarding Covid-19.

The official guidance from the UK government can be found here.

Surrey Chambers will be producing a Business guide that will give you further information about the support being provided by the UK government, the Chamber and Chamber members. You can download the latest version here. If you are self-employed, we have produced a guide for you here.

The two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that cover Surrey have further advice and information on their website.

Enterprise M3 (covers West Surrey/Hampshire)

Coast2Capital (covers East Surrey/Sussex)

For further information about the Government announcement on support for businesses please contact your local District or Borough council via their website link or email address below.

Support 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.

Examples of working together:

  • Accounting4Contractors have put together a free to use Cash Flow Forecast spreadsheet for businesses to use.
  • Excel Cleaning are offering special rate for their deep clean services to businesses
  • Trafalgar & JF Marquees are providing marquess for businesses that require them for additional storage, or security.

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 troy.jackson@surrey-chambers.co.uk


 

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