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Inverness Chamber webinar will help business through the coronavirus crisis


By Calum MacLeod


BUSINESS owners and employers seeking advice and support as they face the biggest challenge of a generation, are being invited to join a webinar hosted by Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

The online event, which is open to all businesses, will run from 9.30 am to 10.30am on Friday, March 27.

It will be chaired by Chamber chief executive, Stewart Nicol and featuring a panel of experts including Ledingham Chalmers head of employment law, Kirk Tudhope, George Moodie, regional head at Clydesdale Bank, who will look at the financial assistance available, while Saffery Champness partner, Eunice McAdam, will discuss how businesses can best manage their cashflow.

It is one of a number of ways the Chamber is supporting its members and the wider business community at a time when normal working has all but ceased.

This also includes the distribution of the Chamber's business survival guide to its members, with the information also available at the Inverness Chamber of Commerce website.

This puts together in one place information on the financial support schemes announced by government to help affected businesses through the crisis, including advice on business rates, grants and taxes, paying sick pay for employees and the government CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme) Scheme.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce is the largest independent business organisation in the Highlands and Islands, but Mr Nicol said the organisation was not just there to support members, though they would remain the first priority.

"We recognise the responsibility we have for the larger business community. That's a role we are fulfilling as best we can," he said.

"We have a very resilient business base in the Highlands and Islands and that will see us through, but not without massive challenges.

"That's why we are calling for the banks and financial systems to get in step with what the politicians are saying and deliver the promised support as quickly as possible. The messages from the Prime Minister and the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, have been right on the button, but it needs to be delivered."

Any businesses looking for support and advice can contact info@inverness-chamber.co.uk or call 01463 718131.

The information contained in the Chamber business survival guide can be found on the Chamber website at www.inverness-chamber.co.uk/news/post/inverness-chamber-of-commerce-covid-19-response

To register for Friday's webinar visit www.inverness-chamber.co.uk/events/event/covid-19-essential-business-protection-update before 4pm on Thiursday, March 26.



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