Businesses react to MSP’s call for details on delay in loans and non-payment of insurance claims

9th April 2020

MSP David Stewart has found widespread frustration and concern from Highlands and Islands firms over delays in accessing loans and a refusal to pay out on business interruption insurance. Mr Stewart, who represents the region which includes Moray, wrote to business groups across his area asking if banks were making it harder to get business […]

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Scottish business community calls for clarity, consistency and cooperation in COVID-19 response

3rd April 2020

Scotland’s leading business organisations have issued a joint-statement in response to the private sector’s role in tackling the Covid-19 crisis. The statement reads as follows: “As thirteen of Scotland’s leading business organisations, we speak as one in restating that protecting the lives and livelihoods of all Scottish citizens remains our primary concern during this public […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 3-month Extension of Chamber Membership

26th March 2020

We know the last thing you need to be doing at this time is sorting out your renewal for your chamber membership. As part of our commitment to supporting members through this crisis, we are extending your membership for 3 months. This means that members will receive 15 months for your 12 months membership fee. […]

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Scottish Government Update – COVID (19) as per 20th March 7pm

21st March 2020

Communication received from Scottish Government on 20th March, 7pm: The First Minister has said that COVID-19 is the biggest challenge of our lifetimes and asked everyone to follow health advice. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms and cinemas are being asked to close. The Chancellor has unveiled a further series of measures to support businesses. Following yesterday’s announcement […]

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Coronavirus: Government support for SMEs

20th March 2020

Useful information for SME’s from the Institute of Directors. The link to the full article is here however, we’ve copied over the relevant information for Scottish Businesses below: Statutory Sick Pay Relief The Government has announced that it will bring forward legislation to allow SMEs to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence […]

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Coronavirus update from Chamber Chief Executive

19th March 2020

Dear Members, These are unprecedented times and we are all having to get used to a new reality with things changing daily and even hourly right now. As a chamber, we are following the new guidelines from Government and my team and I will be working from home by Monday 23 March.  Naver Business Centre […]

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SCC comment on covid-19 announcements made by the Scottish Government

19th March 2020

On the further package of support measures for businesses, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s package of increased support for businesses facing difficulties because of the coronavirus outbreak. The value of the package is around £2.2 billion and includes grants to smaller firms. The Scottish […]

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SCC welcomes £320million package of support for businesses in Scotland

16th March 2020

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcement of an initial package of support to help businesses being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said: “As we have seen the number of cases of Covid-19 rise in Scotland, we have heard calls from increasing numbers of businesses […]

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Caithness Chamber statement on the decision from Loganair to end their Wick – Edinburgh flight service.

13th March 2020

Regular, reliable regional aviation links are critical to our region’s continued economic success.  This is a significant market failure which will have serious short, medium and long-term economic impacts.  We need and expect urgent action from Scottish Government to address these. While there are particular external pressures on the regional aviation market at the current […]

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Scottish Businesses and Coronavirus

13th March 2020

Yesterday, it was announced by UK Government that we have moved from the containment to the delay stage in the Coronavirus pandemic. Implementing the delay stage means social distancing measures have been put in place with many public gatherings of 500 or more people being cancelled and many smaller events being cancelled or postponed as […]

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