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 situation can change. We are just at the start of the autumn and winter period when respiratory viruses circulate more, and the situation could easily unravel.
The UK, like other countries, is in a much stronger position than we were when we walked blind into the first wave. Better treatments are in place, social distancing has become routine and – despite the problems – there is much more testing available. The odds are certainly stacked in our favour more than they were six months ago.
It is in all our hands now to make sure we do not need to move to full lockdown and inflict more damage on our already fragile economy. Allowing employees the choice to work at home where possible, adhering to social distancing and sticking to a meticulous hygiene regime are easy steps for all businesses to enact to prevent a second national lockdown.
Finance concerns continue to be the number one issue for most firms. With this in mind, we are holding a webinar on Thursday 8 October with three Chamber members who are all experts in their field. The presenters are Rachel Buxton from Thompson Wright Accountants, Jed Eatough from LSGK Accountants and Matt Fludgate from Gatewood Commercial Finance.
Rachel, Jed, and Matt are all members of the Staffordshire Moorlands Chamber local area board and are all committed to sharing best practice and advice to benefit the local economy.
The webinar is a chance for a discussion around finance, funding, accountancy, and tax issues and gives you the opportunity to ask our experts questions online or privately.
Book your place online: https://bit.ly/2GjRScw
If you want to talk to us about any business issues, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002.