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April, 2020

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BCC responds to extension of furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today (17 April) that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended by one month until the end of June, BCC director general Adam Marshall said:

BCC and Totaljobs: Demand for logistics and IT workers as businesses adjust to Coronavirus pandemic

The logistics sector saw the biggest increases in advertised jobs in March as businesses adjust to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Totaljobs and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

BCC responds to announcement of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Welcoming the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

Effective communication during Coronavirus

In this new era of working from home during in the Coronavirus lockdown, maintaining communication between co-workers is more important than ever. Learn more from the advice we have compiled from the resources on the Coronavirus Hub.

Maintain your mental health whilst self-isolating

View the advice on boosting your mental health whilst self-isolating available at the Coronavirus Hub.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Two-thirds of respondents awaiting funds from furlough scheme as payday approaches

Results from the third BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal that the majority of businesses responding to the survey have now furloughed a proportion of their workforce, and are awaiting funds from the government’s Job Retention Scheme to enable them to pay staff.

BCC responds to the British Business Bank approving new lenders for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Commenting on the British Business Bank’s (BBB) announcement that it has approved new lenders – the Co-operative Bank, Cynergy Bank, OakNorth Bank and Starling Bank, Arkle Finance, Close Brothers, Secure Trust Bank and Coutts – for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, BCC Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said:

Tips on working from home

We have compiled advice from the resources available at the Coronavirus Hub to help you through the lock down period.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Businesses not yet successfully accessing government loan and grant schemes

Results from the second BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal that most businesses have not yet successfully accessed the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the grants for small businesses.