Leading the recovery of business.
The UK is at a pivotal moment in its recovery from the impact of coronavirus.
From the safe re-opening of offices, factories and schools, to the easing of both national and international travel restrictions, these changes and the adaptations to the ‘new normal’ will be felt by businesses up and down the country.
In each step on our road to recovery, through every government announcement and new policy, the British Chambers of Commerce is there to ensure the business voice is at the heart of the government’s recovery plans.
Our approach is informed by our Coronavirus Business Impacts Tracker and the experience and insights of our Chambers of Commerce and Global Business Networks. Together, we understand the impact of Coronavirus on businesses in every region of the UK and over 60 markets worldwide.
Restart: a phased reopening of the economy
Public health must be at the heart of plans to reopen services and businesses. 10% of businesses won’t be able to open at all under the government’s current working safely guidance. A phased approach to re-opening must account for the links between firms and the services they need to operate such as transport, schools, childcare and many more.
37% of businesses said they were able to implement the government’s working safely guidance and restart fully.
To help firms protect their people and customers through these changes, they need a clear understanding of their responsibilities and liabilities, and plans for the reopening of the services such as schools and public transport that enable their businesses to operate.
- Safely re-open public spaces and restore services (including schools and public transport)
- Safely re-open workplaces and commercial spaces
- Minimise job losses and business failures
- Rebuild supply chains and customer bases
- Enable an effective reopening of the UK economy
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Rebuild: building resilience for firms and households
Steps to help businesses and the wider economy to recover from the impact of coronavirus, including building resilience and mitigating the impact of sectoral and regional restrictions.
The global pandemic that emerged in 2020 saw the UK economy suffer its biggest shock in living memory. Positive action is now needed to help businesses of all sectors, shapes and sizes to accelerate their recovery and return the UK to growth and prosperity. The recommendations within our Rebuild report have been developed by the Chamber Network, based on our extensive research programme and direct insight into the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on businesses up and down the country.
Renew: returning to prosperity and growth
Bold and substantial action to inject momentum and confidence back into the UK economy with measures aimed at delivering an economic recovery across the whole of the UK.