Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – information to prepare now

14th April 2020

There has been some recent movement on the Jobs Retention Scheme timescale with HMRC announcing they hope to have the portal up and running by the end of the month. They have asked businesses to get the following information ready now: You’ll need to provide the following to make a claim: The bank account number […]

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Harper Macleod LLP: The SHREC show must go on – coming to a screen near you!

9th April 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak may have prevented the Highlands and Islands’ renewables sector from gathering physically. However, it can’t stop us from celebrating the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) on 30 April. That’s why, for the first time ever, Harper Macleod LLP are going to deliver a digital SHREC experience.The full SHREC has, […]

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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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Welcoming new members to the Chamber group! March 2020

31st March 2020

It’s been a surreal month, not just for us but for all our members and businesses nationwide. We continue to do our very best for our members as things progress in these unprecedented times and are thrilled to welcome Coastline Fashion to our member group this month. Coastline is an independent womenswear store available online […]

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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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Chamber Comment – Caithness Courier 25/03/2020

25th March 2020

In these unprecedented times, with coronavirus continuing to impact on every aspect of life in the UK, we are all having to get used to a new reality and deal with changing advice and guidance on a daily and hourly basis. Throughout this period the Chamber team will be working hard to support local businesses, […]

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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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