Coronavirus – An important message from Shropshire Chamber CEO, Richard Sheehan

Dear all,

Following the sudden and unprecedented impact of Covid-19, we recognise that cash flow is likely to be a major challenge for business until restrictions are lifted and markets recover.

However now more than ever, we know we must give access to the very support and advice services that are delivered through the Chamber of Commerce network, support that you and your business will need through the coming months.

Following a meeting of the Chamber’s Non-Executive Board, it has been agreed that we will use our reserves to provide membership access to all members and non-members for the next 3 months free of charge. So, for members, we will take no fees and for non-members we will welcome you with no fees payable for 3 months, to be reviewed at the end of this initial period.

Our website carries a wealth of accurate support information and is updated daily, our team in Westminster is engaged at the highest-level seeking clarification on the questions many of you are asking of us. As answers become available, we also seek to simplify things where we can to allow a clear understanding and direct access to the relevant support.

In the coming days, we will launch our suite of online events and training and will be seeking information and feedback from you on your needs and requirements as things develop.

Shropshire businesses have faced adversity before, but not of this magnitude, with many staff working from home and experiencing levels of social isolation and anxiety, we are working with our partners to provide online support and mentoring as a matter of urgency.

It would be wrong of me not to actively encourage you as responsible business people to follow the government instructions and encourage your staff to do the same.

I also invite you to join me in paying tribute to our magnificent NHS staff who are giving everything for all of us.

Please stay at home where you can and if you are keyworkers for our county, then please be safe.

We must come together as a business community and as people, now more than ever, engage with your Chamber and let’s get through this together.

Richard Sheehan, CEO Shropshire Chamber