Dorset Chamber says it is committed to supporting members and non-members in the wider business community amid the coronavirus emergency.

The chamber is informing businesses on how they can access government support through both its website and Dorset Gateway service.

Dorset Chamber has urged firms to brace themselves for stricter government measures to be urgently imposed to combat the rapidly escalating outbreak. It comes after huge numbers of people ignored official warnings to stay at home and after the first death in Dorset.

Chief Executive Ian Girling said: “We will continue to be there for businesses, and have a comprehensive section on our website with guidance, advice and support, which is being updated daily or as developments”

“All businesses need to be prepared for the worst and brace themselves for strict new government measures, which could come very quickly.

“I have been astounded at the blatant disregard some members of the public have shown for the official guidance and fully expect the Government to get tough.

“I would urge everyone to rigorously follow the Government advice, particularly about social distancing.

“As a chamber we are totally committed to supporting our members and non-members in the wider business community in Dorset.

Mr Girling is also posting daily videos on his LinkedIn page which give valuable information about where to get help.

The Dorset Chamber has also joined forces with Bournemouth, Bridport, Dorchester, Ferndown, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton and Weymouth and Portland chambers in a letter to PM Boris Johnson calling for more support. See the letter here.

For more information visit www.dorsetchamber.co.uk and Ian Girling’s LinkedIn page for videos at https://www.linkedin.com/in/iangirling

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