COVID-19 – CORONAVIRUS

Date: 12/03/2020
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

GM CHAMBER UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK Monday 23rd March 2020

 

The flow of information and official government guidance continues to step up significantly as a response to the increasingly serious situation and the need for a radical, unprecedented response to help people and business.

As a responsible organisation we will only ever put links to official guidance and help on here or promote them through our social media channels. This includes guidance and advice from the government, NHS, other business organisations and verified sources of help.

We will be stepping up our communications to members and others in the business community in the coming days as the situation develops further.

Our 3 priorities are, to make sure that you are informed of latest developments - especially around sources of financial help and assistance; to listen to what you have to say - we are in constant communication with government at local and national level and, finally, to support you whether that is guiding you to help or helping keep you connected to others. Now more than ever we all have to pull together right across society and community.

Our staff are remote working except for essential coverage for export docs - see below for information on this service.

We are all available via social media, e-mail or phone.

We are, like others, still very much open for business, we'll just be doing it differently.

If you don't already, then follow us on social media channels and book mark this page as it will be updated daily.

Above all stay safe!

If you need to contact the Chamber please call on 0161 393 4321 or email benefits@gmchamber.co.uk

 

GMCC BUSINESS MONITOR - NEW

Following the contact we had with members and others last week we have launched a brand new GMCC Business Monitor survey to get immediate reaction, feedback and an overview on what is happening to business right now. 

This is a refinement on our Quarterly Economic Survey but will be analysed on a weekly basis to produce vital information on the immediate impact of Covid-19 and we will be using this with relevant authorities and organisations to shape help and support measures.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMCCBusinessMonitor

You don't have to be a Chamber Member to complete this and any information supplied is anonymous.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

The list of available help and guidance for business grew substantially on 20th March following the Chancellors latest round of announcements, full details can be found here .

A new, specific, Business Support Page from government now live here.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is launched today - 23rd March.

For business rate payers in Manchester - the City Council have announced a pause on payments - https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/news/article/8379/manchester_council_to_delay_business_rates_to_support_struggling_businesses

Full information about the government response and guidance for businesses and staff can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you are a Chamber Member and have any HR or Health & Safety concerns or queries about the impact of Coronavirus you can take advantage of the services provided by QUEST as part of your membership. Call our membership team for the advice line number on 0161 393 4321.

Information and support from ICAEW  - https://www.icaew.com/insights/coronavirus/help-for-business

The British Chambers of Commerce is having twice-weekly calls with the Business Secretary to assess the impact on businesses and has launched a website to assist the wider Chamber network. 

CHANGES TO THE EXPORT DOCUMENTATION & INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEPARTMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

GM Chamber remains committed to continue assisting our members and customers accessing our international trade and export documentation services during these difficult times. However in light of what is a rapidly changing set of circumstances and in order to maintain continuity of our services, we are introducing some changes - read more

GM ARTS PRIZE 2020 - POSTPONED - STATEMENT

In response to the impact of the ongoing uncertainty, escalation of Covid-19 Coronavirus and the resulting government advice, Greater Manchester Chamber has today taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Greater Manchester Arts Prize.

Over the last few days we have watched the ever evolving situation, considered all our options and as a result we hope to hold the Greater Manchester Arts Prize in late 2020. We do hope you understand the reasons why this decision that has been taken. Although this is an important event, and helping to promote and help the development of artists in Greater Manchester in one of the Chamber’s priorities in supporting the cultural sector, we need to put the health and safety of entrants, our sponsors, gallery staff and our staff first. As soon as we have the re-arranged date we will let you know and hope you will enter the rescheduled competition. 

 

 

ALL GM CHAMBER EVENTS UP TO MAY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED.

LOOK OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ON EVENTS AFTER THIS DATE AS PART OF OUR NEWS AND UPDATES.

 

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