The Chambers fully understand the measures implemented to tackle the spread of Coronavirus and welcome the new tiered approach adopted by Government, however we do urge the government to consider differences across industrial sectors. Many companies operate production lines which require days, in some cases weeks, to fully shut down with a similar timeframe to

The findings of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) quarterly economic survey for quarter three 2020, published late last week, made sobering reading with nearly half of firms reporting a decrease in sales as they endured a sustained squeeze on cash. The survey of over 6000 firms from across the UK, including a healthy input

It is now undisputed fact that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is here with infections, hospital cases and deaths all rising steadily. Thankfully, the doomsday scenario of cases doubling every week, put forward last week by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Valance, is not materialising yet but we know how quickly the

Frozen fees to help members

The board of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has given the green light to a freezing of its subscription fees. Chambers CEO Sara Williams said: “The next few years are going to be incredibly challenging as business absorbs the full effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The board were unanimous in the decision to cap a membership

Baba Baboon has welcomed award-winning journalist Adam Gratton and PR expert Jamie Summerfield to their editorial team. Since 2018, Baba Baboon has been reporting and publishing local news from Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme and has fast become the go-to place to find out what’s going on in and around the area. This latest move will see

The government has acted swiftly with a raft of measures to help business, following the PMs announcement on tightening of restrictions to curb the spread of Covid19, at a pivotal time for the UK economy. Chancellor Rishi Sunak was quick to unveil his Winter Economic Plan, including measures to support businesses and the economy as

The British Chambers of Commerce has published a critical update of its Brexit guidance dashboard containing 26 key questions that remain unanswered with just 98 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period.  The leading business group published the document alongside new research which suggests business preparation for the coming changes is

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The “winter economy plan” includes: Job Support Scheme Businesses will have the option of keeping employees in a job on shorter hours, rather than making them redundant. Workers must work a third of their usual hours, paid by their employer as normal. For the time they are not working, the government will pay a third

Leading Chartered Accountancy firm, Mitten Clarke, has boosted its team to provide extra support and advice to clients as they navigate the Covid-19 storm. Twelve appointments have been made across the Stoke-on-Trent team, taking Mitten Clarke’s total head count to 73. Throughout summer, new faces have appeared within in the accounts, tax, payroll, audit, client services