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The self-employed and CoronaVirus

April 08, 2020
Some of the workers most affected by the Coronavirus are the self-employed. Many have seen their workloads disappear overnight and face an uncertain future regarding their income. It’s logistically difficult to...

Legionnaires’ Disease. Essential Reading for Business Owners during Covid-19 Pandemic.

April 08, 2020
The following guidance is crucial if we are to avoid cases of Legionnaires’ Disease following the current Covid-19 outbreak.   During this grim but essential lockdown period, many businesses, hotels,...

The end game! Vicky Lofthouse

April 06, 2020
Jenson Steven Lofthouse turned four on the 12th February 2020. He is at his happiest when he is covered in dirt, tools in hand, showing of his latest find or creation. He never stands still, loves talking and says...

Lancaster law firm launches rapid response team for Coronavirus loans

April 06, 2020
Lancaster-based law firm Harrison Drury has set up a dedicated team to help businesses secure emergency loans quicker during the coronavirus crisis. The firm has established its rapid response team following reports...

Apprenticeship Grant Advance - Construction

April 06, 2020
CITB are supporting construction employers  by providing advance payment of attendance grants for 2nd and 3rd year apprentices to ensure future skills are retained in the construction industry amid the...

Take Five - Business Toolkit

April 06, 2020
Fraud poses a major threat to the UK. These crimes can have a devastating impact on victims. Advanced security systems and innovations in which the finance industry invests to protect customers stopped more than...

Thank you for offers of accommodation for 1,000 key workers in the county

April 06, 2020
Lancashire businesses have already stepped up and offered accommodation for key workers supporting the Coronavirus response in the county.  And more companies are encouraged to follow this example. The...

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

April 02, 2020
Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. There is no closing date – proposals can be submitted at any...

Take the right advice before furloughing your staff

April 02, 2020
The coronavirus has presented businesses across the district with many challenges, some that we’ve never faced before. We’ve seen some wonderful innovation and adaptability from businesses, but what’s even more...

Recent changes to employment law due to Coronavirus

April 02, 2020
The Coronavirus Act 2020 was passed on 25 March 2020. It introduces a number of emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including some employment-related changes which all employers need to...

Insurer responses regarding unoccupied property

April 02, 2020
Russell Jackson, from ASK Insurance Services, provides the answer to unoccupied premises during the Covid-19 crisis. INSURER RESPONSES: UNOCCUPIED PROPERTY 27th March 2020 The Association of British Insurers (ABI)...

The Chamber, here to help in these difficult times - Jo-ann Harney

March 30, 2020
It has now been nearly seven months since I joined the Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce. It has been an eventful few months, and I joined the Chamber just a few weeks before the EXPO 2019 and what a...

ezCert Webinar

March 30, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic presents business with a huge range of challenges. As a Chamber we are working hard to ensure our services help our members and customers meet those challenges. This includes changing some...

Updated advice for the third sector & partners across Lancaster District.

March 30, 2020
Updated information from Yak Patel, CVS:   hope you are keeping well and safe and I hope you managed to recharge over the weekend. In response to Covid-19, I am attaching our updated bulletin. We are working...

Lancaster City Council goes the extra mile to support businesses through the coronavirus pandemic

March 30, 2020
Lancaster City Council has made more than 350 payments totalling nearly £1million to local businesses as part of a package of measures to help support them through the coronavirus pandemic. Although government...

Training & Development Support through Covid-19

March 30, 2020
Lancaster and Morecambe College would like to let you know that although they are not working on-site they are still digitally operational and can still offer the following to the local business community with their...

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...
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