Firstly, I’d like to say that I hope you are all keeping well and safe through what is, and will continue to be a difficult period for all of us. The situation we find ourselves in is constantly changing, and the impact of the pandemic is being felt in almost every aspect of our lives. Our businesses are no exception.
In line with government advice, all Doncaster Chamber staff are now working from home. But we have planning and systems in place to ensure that the important work that we are doing to support our members can continue throughout this period. We are confident that we can continue to deliver a wide range of services and advice both to you our members, and to the wider business community, We are part of a business friendly borough and region region and we know our Doncaster Council, Team Doncaster and LEP partners are equally committed to finding solutions for business. Additionally, via our British Chambers of Commerce colleagues we’re advocating for business at the highest levels of government to find solutions for the private sector. We’ll keep working tirelessly to protect chamber members’ interests by making sure all our voices are heard.
With that in mind, our team are currently engaged in reaching out to all our members to check in with you, to find out how are you are coping, to hear what you need to know more about and what your chamber can do for you. We also want to hear and share any best practices or positive news you have too so that our joint efforts in tackling this crisis is supported by your real life examples. If the team haven’t called you yet, they will. If you are too busy to take the call, we understand, business comes first. If you want to call us back when you’re ready, please do. This isn’t a sales call. We just want to ensure that we are doing everything we possibly can for you.
Our joined-up approach means that the work of all of our teams across the Chamber, from international trade to education, membership to events, and business support to marketing and finance, has already resulted in our services and advice reaching as many people as possible, via our website and social media channels as well as in local and regional newspapers and radio.
Because there has been so much in the news in recent weeks – and this will continue over the foreseeable future – we have pulled all of our advice together into one place:
On this dedicated section of our website you’ll find the latest information about changing government support to business, guidelines on personal health, HR issues, guides to working from home and even insights on how tech can help us all feel a little more connected and a little less isolated.
We’ll continue to keep you informed over the next few weeks with up-to-date news and advice. And whilst we will focus on bringing you member benefits, this pandemic is something that affects all of us, so our advice on the above section of our website is free and open to all, so do please share this if you wish.
For more than 75 years, our priority has been to look out for our members and Doncaster business. It’s the support and encouragement that we can all give each other that will help us get through these challenging times together.
Thank you for continuing to support the Chamber so that we can continue to invest into the business community at its time of need; we’re more than the sum of our parts so let’s work together to get through this.