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Chamber Connections

March 27, 2020
Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce is trying to connect those businesses across North Lancashire who find themselves needing an extra employee or two. We are calling for help............... We are looking...

Harrison Drury COVID-19: Discounted and Fixed Fee Legal Services

March 27, 2020
What steps are businesses taking to weather the COVID-19 outbreak? Regardless of the sector you operate in, or the size of your business, it’s clear that the impact of conoravirus will be significant and require... Offering Free and Low-Cost Options for Marketing Support in Sectors Affected most by the Coronavirus Crisis

March 27, 2020
Digital marketing agency,, are offering performance-based SEO and PPC marketing to businesses in sectors most affected by the global health crisis. In response to the coronavirus health crisis,...

CoronaVirus - the costs to businesses case studies. Briggs Shoes, Morecambe

March 26, 2020
Covid 19 has resulted in an extended closure for the first time since great Grandfather Briggs first opened in December 1863. As a family owned and operated retail SME employing 12 staff we find ourselves in uncharted...

Vouch for the future by supporting your local businesses

March 26, 2020
People are being encouraged to support Lancaster pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, and venues through the coronavirus pandemic by buying gift vouchers to use after the virus has run its course.In an effort to...


March 26, 2020
Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce is postponing its flagship business networking event, the North Lancs Expo, until next year to focus on providing support to the business community throughout the coronavirus...

Working from home - Mike Harrison

March 24, 2020
In a perverse way I am finding the Government advice to self isolate/ home working slightly bemusing. Since escaping from my mainstream office environment 18 years ago I have been working from home, well not quite. I...

Cyber experts step in as criminals seek to exploit Coronavirus fears

March 24, 2020
The public are being urged to follow online safety advice as evidence emerges that criminals are exploiting the Coronavirus online.  Experts from the National Cyber Security Centre have revealed a range of...

Urgent Response Fund launched to support the district’s most vulnerable

March 24, 2020
An urgent plea for donations to help the district’s most vulnerable residents through the coronavirus pandemic has been launched. The Morecambe Bay Foundation has set up an Urgent Response Fund to provide financial...

Lancaster City Council suspends collection of rent for its small business tenants

March 24, 2020
In a show of solidarity, Lancaster City Council is suspending the collection of rent for its small business tenants to help see them through the coronavirus pandemic. It is part of a package of measures unveiled by...


March 24, 2020
FIRE SAFETY MESSAGES FOR BUSINESSES London Fire Brigade advise you to review your Fire Risk assessment and Emergency Plan in light of the impact of CoVid 19 on your staffing levels, operating times, business...

Urgent call for ventilator manufacturers

March 20, 2020
The most urgent push currently is the call for manufacturers of Ventilators and ventilator parts. Guidance from government is below in case that is helpful. For companies who are already manufacturing ventilators/...

COVID-19 Chamber Member Offers

March 20, 2020
Lancaster & District Chamber Members recognise the need to support each other now more than ever, and one way they are doing this is by offering free or heavily discounted offers.  They are detailed...

Another blog on CoronaVirus

March 20, 2020
I wrote about this subject last week. The huge impact the Coronavirus has had on the stock market but also the significant impact it is already having on small businesses, including our local Chamber of Commerce...

Government changes procurement policy in response to Covid-19

March 20, 2020
The government has announced today (Mar 18) a change in their approach to the procurement of goods and services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with immediate effect. In order to procure goods, services and works with...

Guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus crisis

March 20, 2020
Guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus crisis £330bn of Government-backed loans. Equivalent to 15% of GDP, the Government has pledged that it will make £330 billion of...

Recruiting Volunteers to Support Need During the Covid-19 Outbreak

March 20, 2020
A message from Yak Patel at CVS. Dear colleagues,Yesterday we added a couple of forms to our website - one for groups to add their volunteer roles and one for members of the public to offer their help. We have had...

£2million to support communities and businesses through Coronavirus crisis

March 19, 2020
Lancaster City Council has allocated £2million in emergency funding to support the district’s most vulnerable people and struggling local businesses. City councillors agreed the funding last night (Wednesday March...

Going cashless

March 17, 2020
Card payments are starting to become the normal method of payment, but did you know that in 2017 card payments overtook cash as the most popular method of payment? If this trend looks to continue, cashless payments...

Coronavirus business interruption loans

March 17, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE: At Budget 2020, the Chancellor announced that a ‘Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’ (CBILS) will temporarily replace the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG), becoming available over...
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