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Restart: a phased reopening of the economy

May 2020

Public health must be at the heart of plans to reopen services and businesses. 10% of businesses won’t be able to open at all under the government’s current working safely guidance. A phased approach to re-opening must account for the links between firms and the services they need to operate such as transport, schools, childcare and many more.

37% of businesses said they were able to implement the government's working safely guidance and restart fully.

To help firms protect their people and customers through these changes, they need a clear understanding of their responsibilities and liabilities, and plans for the reopening of the services such as schools and public transport that enable their businesses to operate.

  • Safely re-open public spaces and restore services (including schools and public transport)
  • Safely re-open workplaces and commercial spaces
  • Minimise job losses and business failures
  • Rebuild supply chains and customer bases
  • Enable an effective reopening of the UK economy

Download the full proposals here.


BCC Response to Government Announcements on Net Zero

Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said “This is a positive step on the journey to net zero, however many questions on how we will get there still remain unanswered.

What is COP26 and what does it hope to achieve?

British Chambers of Commerce is hosting a significant in-person presence at COP26 in the City of Glasgow Colleges. Our programme of events features roundtables in which we will hear from industry experts across the business and net zero agenda, as well as thought leadership sessions, practical sessions for businesses and networking opportunities. Our full programme of events can be found here. We hope you can join us in Glasgow.

Quarterly Recruitment Outlook: 9 in 10 Hospitality Firms Struggle to Find Staff

Attempted recruitment during Q3 was up on previous quarters with 61% overall attempting to recruit (52% in Q2). However, this uptick was followed by large increases in the proportion of respondents reporting difficulty in filling roles – 77% in Q3 (70% in Q2).

BCC RESPONDS TO EU/UK STATEMENTS ON NI PROTOCOL

Business voices need to be heard loud and clear in the dialogue between the UK Government and the European Commission over the next few weeks.