Time to get down to the practical details

Wed, May 20th, 2020

Paul Cherpeau, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce...

As restrictions are slowly lifted, many local businesses are making plans for the impending restart and recovery phases of Covid-19 and it is clear that they will need ongoing support and guidance to implement government guidance safely and restore confidence for their employees and their customers. The results of the latest British Chambers of Commerce Business Impact Tracker highlight some of the issues which businesses still need to address including the impact of social distancing and increased flexibility around the furlough scheme.

The Chamber is now collecting and sharing critical intelligence and insight to help address those challenges, some of which are covered in more detail in this newsletter including a request to share your proposals for reopening your premises or scaling up existing work to help inform plans for transport and infrastructure, particularly in the city centre.  You should also be aware of the return to work guidance, Getting your business ready – the essentials, produced in partnership with the Liverpool BID Company and Professional Liverpool which provides excellent practical guidance to help get your workforce and business venues ready.

Access to finance continues to be a major issue and Liverpool City Council is administering the discretionary grants fund as part of the wider government support response to the coronavirus outbreak. The grants fund is aimed at small and micro businesses who are not eligible for the small business cash grant, retail, hospitality and leisure grant or the self-employed income support scheme. You can find out more about eligibility, including the link to pre-register here.

Making sure the voice of business continues to be heard at the very heart of government continues to be a priority. The fieldwork for the BCC’s latest quarterly economic survey is underway and this will arguably be the most significant quarter we have ever seen in QES. We really would encourage you therefore to complete the survey to allow us to produce an accurate impact assessment of Covid-19, to inform decision makers in such a turbulent financial period.

Thanks to you all for providing feedback during this time and to those of you sharing business case studies to help to signpost and support other business colleagues – please keep your feedback coming via policy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Finally my thanks to Liverpool BID Company, Professional Liverpool and City Recovery partners for the collective work through this period.

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