Why would I want to give something away I hear you say? The reason is, if you are a Chamber member you have an exclusive Chamber Club Card and if all 100 or so members with more joining daily have an offer you will not only never pay full price again just by being a member of the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce, but more people will be coming to you. What you will lose by discounting or offering time you will easily gain in new customers by volume.
So, first thing contact Guy and get your logo and your offer on that business directory.’
Your President Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce
As you plan to restart your business, finance may prove more important than before. When seeking financial guidance it is important to know that you are receiving advice from a qualified professional, if you already have an accountant or business banking manager, we advise contacting them in the first instance as they already know your business. The following members may be able to offer advice:
- Albert Goodman Accountants – albertgoodman.co.uk “We would like to extend our usual offer of a free 30 minute consultation to 1 hour for members of Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce. We can review your current accounting system, provide advice on efficiencies or business structures or look at opportunities to get tax relief during this time.”
- AIBS Bookkeeping Limited – Members £50 discount if you sign up for 6 months or more – email@example.com
As you start to plan for your business restart, you may find you are facing legal questions which you may not have needed to consider previously, in particular related to employment rights, duty of care, late payments and arrears.
- Konsileo Insurance – Free Annual Review of All Insurance for all members, and reduced administration fees on all covers taken with myself for any Chamber Members.
BUSINESS SUPPORT, COUNSELLING AND HR
As you start to plan for your business restart, it is likely that you may encounter unexpected problems and unforeseen circumstances that impact employees and their performance and yours!
MEDIA and MARKETING
- Light FX UK – “Promote your business with engaging projections that are captivating, memorable and inspiring. Let us illuminate your business with a 10% discount to members.”
- Love-Weymouth.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/WeymouthandPortland/ – 30% Off All Advertising Packages. Use promo code CHAMBER30
- Dorset Echo – We would like to offer the following to chamber members;
- Free* in print advert and social media promotion for exclusive reader offers – for example free cuppa, BOGOF
- Free* in print advert and social media promotion for competitions – for example win a family ticket (minimum prize applies)
- Free inclusion on the Dorset Echo virtual jobs fair online for 4 weeks – subject to availability *Terms and conditions, minimum prize values and offer values apply
- Perceptions – If you’d like help or advice on your marketing and how to achieve your business goals, please let us know, we’d be very happy to help! We are offering a free initial virtual meeting to talk about your marketing plans and or review the marketing activities you are currently doing.
- Social Footprints – 10% discount for all of my packages to new customers
- Fourth Wall Media – A feature video for your business with a saving of £70 for members. Fourth Wall Feature_CHAMBER_INFOPACK
- Catwards Draughting – 20% discount on all 3D printing.
- Visit Dorset – Free website advertising extended to 31 December 2020 – link
HEALTH & SAFETY
Expectations and responsibilities for your business around health and safety may have increased and you need to make sure you are operating in a way that ensures the safety of your staff and customers and maintains social distancing.
RETAIL AND SUPPLIES
- MKM Building Supplies Ltd – Weymouth — We offer a Local Business Discount Card, all MEMBERS need to do is register and you will be supplied with an account number that gives you and all your staff special discounts across all product ranges.
PPE AND HYGIENE SUPPLIES
The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.
The 8 guides cover a range of different types of work.
Dorset Council has opening up guidance:-
https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/business-and-employers/re-opening-dorset-high-streets.aspx We have also compiled a list of other useful resources for considering how you can prepare your business to be COVID-secure, when you are allowed to open your business.
HEALTH SAFETY EXECUTIVE
Downloadable posters for the workplace Public Health England have lots of resources to download including posters for the workplace. You can find posters, social media posts, banners and more using the link below for: -Handwashing and hygiene -Symptoms -Shopping -Travelling to work -At work See all of the resources available on the Public Health England website.
WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION AND OUTDOOR WORK
WORKING IN FACTORIES,PLANTS AND WAREHOUSES
WORKING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S HOMES
LABS AND RESEARCH FACILITIES
OFFICES AND CONTACT CENTRES
RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKEAWAY OR DELIVERY
SHOPS AND BRANCHES
- Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
- All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
- Government information and guidance about working safely in shops and branches
- British Retail Consortium’s guide to social distancing in shops
- Government information and guidance about working safely in vehicles
EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE SETTINGS
Government anticipate, with further progress, that from the week commencing 1 June 2020 it may be able to welcome back more children to early years, school and further education settings. This will only be the case provided that the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time, including that the rate of infection is decreasing and the enabling programmes set out in the Roadmap are operating effectively. As a result government are asking schools, colleges and childcare providers to plan on this basis, ahead of confirmation that these tests are met. The government have worked closely with the sector, and will continue to do so over the coming weeks to support the wider opening of schools, colleges and childcare settings. In the guidance below, government are are setting out the overarching aims and principles of this next phase, including information about protective measures which will be in place. Government will work with the profession to produce more detailed guidance ahead of 1 June 2020.
TEST AND TRACE
NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy. Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced. New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus. Test and Trace guidance for workplaces can be found here. My staff are exposed to people every day, are they more likely to be told to self isolate? • It is important for employers to play their part by making workplaces as safe as possible and by following the 5 steps to working safely. If a staff member is notified, do they have to report to us? • If an employee is notified to self-isolate for 14 days because they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, and are unable to work as a result, they should notify you that they are unable to work within the deadline you have set in you sickness absence policies (or normally within 7 days if you have not set one). Will my whole workforce be told to self-isolate if someone tests positive? • Only those who have had close recent contact with someone who then tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate. What’s the minimum and maximum time an employee can be told to self-isolate for? • As now, those who test positive for coronavirus will be asked to isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms and only stop isolating from day 8 once they have been fever free for 48 hours without medication. • Those who have had close recent contact with someone who went on to test positive for coronavirus will be asked to self-isolate for the period ending 14 days after they came into contact with the person who has tested positive.
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM WORK
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators – This guide will help businesses, agencies and others understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport. It outlines measures to assess and address the risks of coronavirus in the transport sector across England. Guidance for passengers on how to travel safely – This guidance provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely. The advice sets out that if people who cannot work from home and have to travel for work, they should first consider alternatives to public transport. Those driving their own cars have been asked to avoid busy areas. For those who have to use public transport, the guidance recommends:
- Keeping 2 metres apart wherever possible;
- Wearing a face covering if you can;
- Using contactless payment where possible;
- Avoiding rush hour travel where feasible;
- Washing or sanitising your hands as soon as possible before and after travel;
- Following advice from staff and being considerate to others.
All the latest guidance for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.