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UK Business Heroes


UK Business Heroes


Recognising businesses. One story at a time

We’re proud to recognise Business Heroes across the UK.

We launched the campaign to recognise the incredible work that UK businesses are doing, in the most challenging of years. We're pleased to say that we've received some fantastic stories about businesses and individuals across the UK.

We’re paying tribute to them and recognising their contributions by giving them our UK Business Heroes stamp which demonstrates that that they have gone the extra mile to support their local community during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Below is just a selection of the hundreds of stories we’ve heard from businesses up and down the country, in different sectors, sizes and locations.

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CASE STUDIES
Supporting students and the wider community during lockdown

Supporting students and the wider community during lockdown

The staff from The Sheffield College, member of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, went above and beyond before, during and after lockdown.

In March 2020, the College took decisive action at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and was the first FE college in England to announce the move to remote teaching and working.

All parts of the organisation pulled together to enable college life to continue, albeit remotely, supporting a diverse community including 16 to 18 year olds, adult learners and apprentices.

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Supporting the community to develop tomorrow’s scientists and engineers

Supporting the community to develop tomorrow’s scientists and engineers

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on communities across the country and the closure of schools for months has meant that families have had to turn to home schooling. In response to this Rolls-Royce, multinational engineering company and member of East Midlands Chamber, has worked to support home schooling efforts by creating a range of educational STEM activities for children.

As well as producing their own downloadable STEM resources, the company also partnered with Tech We Can, an online tech lessons portal, to help parents and carers access 12 free digital lesson plans to help teach children at home.

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Using high-tech innovation to support their local community and help the NHS​

Using high-tech innovation to support their local community and help the NHS​

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Denroy Plastics, a member of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, joined a not-for-profit called HeroShield, a collective of Northern Ireland companies committed to helping frontline workers in the time of crisis.

Denroy utilised its innovation skills in high-tech, critical polymer components and established technical abilities to manufacture a range of PPE products under its DenPro brand.

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Repurposing ‘Ring and Ride’ minibus services into NHS shuttles​

Repurposing ‘Ring and Ride’ minibus services into NHS shuttles​

Ring and Ride is a door-to-door transport service for anyone who lives in the West Midlands who finds it difficult to use normal public transport. It is operated by National Express Accessible Transport (NEAT) for Transport for West Midlands, a member of Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

During lockdown, many of the elderly and vulnerable customers who normally use Ring and Ride were advised to stay at home, meaning that NEAT had spare capacity. They identified an opportunity to use their unused minibuses and drivers to help NHS staff during the pandemic.

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A Real Team Effort to Support the Local Community

A Real Team Effort to Support the Local Community

When the Coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of football fixtures, Tranmere Rovers Football Club, member of Wirral Chamber of Commerce turned its efforts to a massive community support effort.

Partnering with local charity, Helplink, they donated 35,000 food parcels and provided 1,000 cooked meals to those who were shielding and unable to cook for themselves. The Club also made over 1,000 support phone calls to vulnerable people, and collected or delivered 1,200 prescriptions and shopping orders to those who were shielding.

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Creating a ‘Virtual Woodland’ for those in need

Creating a ‘Virtual Woodland’ for those in need

In response to Coronavirus, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce member, The Cart Shed Charity created a ‘virtual woodland’, to support over 100 individuals during lockdown who were at a high risk of suicide and self-harm.

The Cart Shed created - at speed - a meaningful programme that delivered a first-class, remote, mental health ‘therapeutic woodland’ service to their existing client group and a group of new clients who couldn’t previously access their service.

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‘We Love our NHS Heroes’: How one business supported their local Staff Wellbeing Rooms

‘We Love our NHS Heroes’: How one business supported their local Staff Wellbeing Rooms

Keen to support the NHS in the early stages of the pandemic, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce member Access Covers created hundreds of bright yellow t-shirts featuring the slogan ‘We Love Our NHS Heroes’.

The profits from the t-shirts supported the Staff Wellbeing (Wobble) Rooms at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, in order to bring comfort to the medical staff during their break times.

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BCC initial response to the announcement of a second lockdown in England

BCC Director General Adam Marshall gives an initial response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a month-long national lockdown in England.

BCC responds to enhanced Coronavirus support for businesses

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the Chancellor’s announcement of further support for businesses and jobs as Coronavirus restrictions increase.

BCC responds to 'time is running out’ campaign

BCC Director General Adam Marshall responds to the launch of the government’s ‘time is running out’ campaign, urging businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Chambers of Commerce challenge PM to meet five business tests for Covid restrictions

In a letter to the Prime Minister, BCC Director General Adam Marshall, President Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith and Chamber CEOs from across the United Kingdom set five business tests that must be met to limit the impact of new restrictions on businesses and jobs and take a long-term approach to tackling the pandemic.