Exeter Chamber's communications series, The Director's Take, sees a different Chamber board director provide regular updates and insight on leading news stories for business each month. This month, Tim Wadsworth, Chamber board director and Managing Director of office specialists Space, gives us his take.
Coronavirus Business Impact Suvey
Back in April we ran a survey to understand the impact of Covid-19 on the Greater Exeter business community. At the time, two thirds of those who responded said it had been 'severe'. Six months on, as we experience a second nationwide lockdown we want to 'take the temperature' of businesses across Greater Exeter again.
Your responses are greatly valued and will be collated and shared with local government organisations to help support their planning and the feedback they provide to central government.
Please complete this short survey to help us understand the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on your business.
Cases in Exeter
With reports today that cases are in decline, and of ongoing trials of a vaccine which is 90% we are hopeful that the likelihood of further national lockdowns is reduced. You can keep an eye on case numbers locally and nationally here:
For the latest Coronavirus advice in Devon, visit the Devon County Council website: www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/#latest-updates
To view the interactive map for cases nationally and regionally, visit: coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map
While we may be in a national lockdown, we urge you to support local more than ever if you at this time. Many retail and hospitality businesses across Exeter are operating delivery and click and collect services. With Christmas approaching, please consider buying a few more of your gifts from some of our independents this year if you can. It might not be a huge change for you but will be great support for them. InExeter has compiled a list of businesses who are operating click and collect / delivery services: www.inexeter.com/business-category/shop-local-in-lockdown
Brexit Transition Support
The UK is leaving the EU single market and customs union, and the end of the transition period will affect citizens, businesses, as well as travel to and from the EU. While talks are still under way, Exeter Chamber will continue to review what this means for business – if you would like to talk to someone about this please get in touch and we can help signpost you to relevant advisors. Here is a link to the Government’s advice on making sure you are ready for Brexit: www.gov.uk/transition
Make sure you’re ready
Your business, family, and personal circumstances will be affected. Answer a few questions on the Government website to get a personalised list of actions. You can also sign up for emails to get updates for what you need to do. www.gov.uk/transition-check/questions