Chamber opens COVID-19 helpline for employers and home workers

Mar 27, 2020

MILTON Keynes Chamber of Commerce has issued a rallying call to business to come together as the economy tackles the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Chamber has opened a Coronavirus Helpline to advise businesses on sources of support and guidance. And it is using its accreditation with its parent the British Chambers of Commerce to try to influence the government’s decision-making decisions and highlight the immediate needs of the local business community.

The Chamber has opened a Coronavirus Helpline to advise businesses on sources of support and guidance. And it is using its accreditation with its parent the British Chambers of Commerce to try to influence the government’s decision-making decisions and highlight the immediate needs of the local business community.

To encourage Milton Keynes business to keep talking and share their initiatives, offers, queries and stories, the Chamber is also encouraging members to use the hashtag #MKChamberChatinitially on Linkedin, to provide some daily digital business networking.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber chief executive Paul Griffiths said: “As we face the unprecedented challenges posed by the impact of the Coronavirus on the global economy and on our business communities, the Chamber team is working tirelessly to support our members through this difficult period.

“We are here to answer your questions, to support you through difficulties, to help you keep on trading wherever possible and to be your vital link with governments local and central.”

The Chamber’s Coronavirus Helpline is 01604 490414, open 10am-4pm. Mr Griffiths said the helpline was also available for people working from home during the crisis.

“We are aware of the potential mental health issues of isolation / working from home so members are invited to use the helpline even if they just want to chat to someone. We have worked hard to build up a community of local businesses and we want this community to feel at ease through these turbulent times.”

The Chamber’s Protection Service to members includes support on HR, legal, health and safety and tax matters.

Mr Griffiths said: “Over time we have built a strong business community and we want that community to pull together with our support in these unprecedented times.

“At a time of disruption, we know that businesses need clear, actionable information in order to take critical decisions. The Milton Keynes Chamber team and the wider BCC Accredited Network is committed to getting the answers for our members and ensuring that we are representing the needs of our business communities at the heart of government.”

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