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To ensure future resilience, Suffolk businesses need to plan for continuity in challenging circumstances - COVID-19; the UK’s departure from the EU and continued dislocation to global supply chains. The Suffolk Public Sector, business intermediaries and key stakeholders all have a role to play in creating the right frameworks, support structures and the necessary conditions, not only to restart the recovery of the Suffolk economy following COVID-19 but to seek an economic future that is more vibrant, open, sustainable and innovative.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Covid-19 Economic Recovery Restart Plan brings together commitments and actions from local authority, private sector, third sector and education organisations to outline the key activities in place to help our region’s economy restart after the COVID-19 pandemic.
It complements local recovery plans being developed at county and district levels, which will cover additional activity, individual places and health and education. The plan will also feed into the Government’s national recovery plan.
The Pensions Regulator are working with HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions to feed into the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’s central guidance on the pensions element of the grant.
Complete a template with the details of the employees you're claiming for and upload this when you claim (for claims on or after 1 July 2020).
Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.
Creating safer places for people and businesses is important to help reduce COVID-19 spreading and help with the recovery of the local economy.
The Government has announced a phased easing of rules around businesses and other properties opening, starting from June.
We all have a part to play in this. Safety is the main focus and the behaviour of people to keep socially distanced and avoid the spread is the first line of that defence. It is the responsibility of businesses to make sure they have the proper measures in place and the public must also play their part in keeping two metres apart and following guidance to stop the spread of infection. See the Goverment guidance on how to stay safe outside your home.
Latest: COVID-19 response documents and templates available for Suffolk Chamber members, to access these please log in to the members area here.
Yutree Insurance COVID-19 update and support link.
Throughout this period, we have been working with our insurers, our trade association, BIBA, our professional body, the CII, & the Society of Insurance Broking to bring our clients information which we hope will help you and your business. To the COVID-19 hub on Yutree's website click here.
Urgent call to local business to produce PPE equipment for Police (Eastern Region)
A call to secure immediate and the ongoing supply of PPE equipment for our frontline Police Officers and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Following the strategy produced by the government (COVID-19 PPE Plan) and the publication of specifications of PPE equipment required. The police force in the Eastern Region would like to encourage engagement with manufacturers to provide urgent equipment. .
There appears to be access to grants (through central government) and many ‘local’ grants being offered within each region and district which may assist relevant organisations in order for them to adapt their manufacturing processes to produce the PPE equipment required
If you can support this then please get in touch with Louise Larter at the Seven Forces Procurement Department on email@example.com
The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund was launched by Suffolk Community Foundation in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust and supported by leading Suffolk organisations including Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk County Council, District and Borough Councils and all those involved in Suffolk’s ‘Home But Not Alone’ initiative, to help fight the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable people in the county. You can find out more and donate here.
Tax payment deferrals - information from MHA Larking Gowen
New Anglia LEP is working with partners to support businesses during COVID-19 and to help them find the staff they need to continue to operate at this challenging time.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing - links to support and resources can be found here.
To apply for the Coronavirus/COVID-19 £10k small business grant, or the £25k hospitality, leisure and retails grants. Please visit the relevant local authority portals which are now up and running:
East Suffolk - https://lnkd.in/dgbiC2f
Ipswich - https://lnkd.in/d-mEdFA
Babergh & Mid Suffolk - https://lnkd.in/dnhJrb9
West Suffolk - No form but further information https://lnkd.in/dE-zjgh
Help with digital skills during the coronavirus – information from BT - download document here.
Suffolk Chamber is working hard to bring you a series of webinars to help businesses get through this uncertain time including topics such as HR and marketing. To view upcoming webinar events please click here.
SAFE cic links
Any questions you wish to ask SAFE cic please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The toolkit focussed on business support can be found here: https://bit.ly/2UISFHJ
The toolkit focussed on protecting against the spread of the virus can be found here: https://bit.ly/3acuEiJ
Business Support | Coronavirus Business Support
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
Suffolk Chamber media statement: response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcements
“Rishi Sunak’s announcements certainly involve big numbers in order to boost business confidence and support over the medium-term through loan guarantees.
“However, Suffolk Chamber’s members and the wider business community, especially in the most vulnerable sectors such as hospitality and logistics, need significant help with their cashflow NOW to pay their staff and keep trading. This means the Government must implement a moratorium, of at least three months, on those taxes which will eat away at companies’ margins: business rates, commercial rents, NI employer contributions and VAT.
"This would deliver an enormous boost to thousands of businesses. And unlike the administration of loan guarantees, this approach would benefit the business community positively much sooner.”
Coronavirus/COVID-19: Suffolk Chamber's response
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce understands how worried many businesses are about the ongoing impact of #Coronavrius/COVID-19. We are ABSOLUTELY committed to assisting our members in every way we can, including #signposting to #information, providing #business support and advice and #lobbying the #Government to take the massive appropriate actions required to help companies through the next few months or so.
Read the full response here.