In 2018 there were 27 million trips to Staffordshire generating a staggering £1.34 billion plus another estimated £500 million in indirect spend. The Staffordshire visitor economy supports over 32,000 jobs with around 24,000 full-time equivalent posts. That is 6.6 per cent of all employment in Staffordshire. Sadly, all this has come to a stop due

Yesterday Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, announced that social distancing will need to be observed at least until the end of the calendar year. This confirms what we at the Chambers expected, that whilst there will be a phased return to work, it certainly will not be business as usual for some

Sara’s blog: Covid-19

Whatever the Coronavius pandemic has thrown at the Staffordshire business community the response has been swift, compassionate, and innovative. There is not enough space here to list all those businesses and organisations that have rallied around to help the community and essential workers but here are some examples. Port Vale FC has turned in to

Amidst all the gloom and harsh realities of dealing with the pandemic, it is a real joy to announce that two of our members have won the esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Churchill China, manufacturer of high-quality tableware has been honoured in the international trade category whilst Stafford-based additives business Addmaster UK, has won its

Its great news that the Governments Job Retention Scheme portal opened today, and I am aware that there were 67,000 claims in the first half hour, and, although there are some issues being reported, it all seems to be working. Of more concern now are the businesses who seem to be falling between the cracks

On Wednesday, HMRC updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The most notable change in this guidance is that the qualifying date for employees to have been on the employer’s PAYE payroll (in order to be eligible to be furloughed) has been changed from 28 February 2020 to 19 March 2020. As a

We recently launched our Twitter hour under the hashtag #staffschamberchat and we’re delighted that this has been a positive anchor point for local businesses to network and swap stories throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. On the success of this, from next week we will be enhancing the hour with a different daily theme. We will have

Since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown began over three weeks ago I have been having a daily briefing with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and my fellow Chamber CEOs from around the UK. We feed in the issues our members have reported to us so that the BCC in turn can voice these concerns in

The British Business Bank’s (BBB) has announced 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 (CBILS) However, despite swift and unprecedented support from the government, many firms continue