Doncaster Chamber offers advice and guidance to local businesses regarding the COVID-19 outbreak
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Chamber offers advice and guidance to businesses regarding COVID-19

Doncaster Chamber has today launched a dedicated online resource for local businesses about the coronavirus, bringing together advice and guidance alongside practical support to help businesses and their employees prepare for and minimise disruption caused by the outbreak.

Up to date local and national business advice on the coronavirus can be accessed at Doncaster Chamber will also be updating businesses with the latest recommendations through their social media channels.

Dan Fell, CEO at the Chamber said: “Doncaster Chamber are determined to offer all local businesses, regardless of their membership, support and practical advice to help mitigate disruption caused by coronavirus.

"What we do as a chamber is driven by the needs of our members and we are receiving a growing number of enquiries looking for assistance and information. We know individual businesses are accessing information and making their own plans, but their time is valuable and misinformation is commonplace, so our aim is to simplify that process and support them so they are as well prepared as possible.

We have worked with Doncaster Council and Team Doncaster partners to pull together general advice, national resources for business including from central government and British Chambers of Commerce, as well as local content available to assist businesses, their employees and the borough, as we move to the next stage in tackling the outbreak. It’s vital we continue to work together, and I would particularly welcome any feedback from businesses on how the situation is affecting them, and on services they offer which may be of benefit to others in the current climate which the Chamber can help share.”

Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health at Doncaster Council said: “The coronavirus is a new virus but we know that a few simple steps at work as well as at home can make a big difference. Regular handwashing for 20 seconds with soap and water will kill the virus. And keeping hard surfaces clean will reduce risk too.”

The Chamber’s dedicated resource includes links to regional and national news, guides and updates; HR support links for chamber members; rapid response webinars and a guide to emergency remote working developed in partnership with a Doncaster Chamber member company.

Businesses have a key role to play in reducing the risk to employee’s health and safety as far as possible whilst maintaining essential operations. Doncaster Chamber Member services include access to legal, health and financial advice for any questions or concerns, including coronavirus.

Central government have taken steps to support businesses through the outbreak. The 2020 Budget announcement unveiled £7bn of extra spending for businesses and workers, specifically targeted at coronavirus measures, including sick pay refunds, business rate suspensions and cash grants to small businesses.

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