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Stuart Elford, CEO of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce;

"It goes without saying that this is a critical time for businesses and I want you to know how hard the Devon & Plymouth Chamber and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is working on your behalf. I have a daily conference call with all the Chamber Chief Executives and BCC, where we feed back the issues you are all facing and the gaps in the support packages available. These examples are fed directly into the highest levels of government and examples you have given us have resulted in immediate policy change. The furloughing scheme was very much a result of BCC lobbying and we followed that up with seeking support for the self-employed. Our latest request is to assist company directors who have, on advice, paid themselves by way of dividend and therefore fall outside of the PAYE scheme. There is no doubt that government has rolled out a massive and unprecedented level of support, but the key issues are about clarity of how to access that and speed of delivery to get cash to businesses as soon as possible. I must pay credit to Plymouth City and Devon County Councils who have gone further and faster than other councils around the country in delivering real world assistance to businesses. We are here to help you and will fight for your businesses like never before."

Please view the video here where Stuart Elford, CEO talks about the support and flow of information members can expect in the coming days and weeks. Any questions, please email Olivia Paterson at the Chamber. 

We have also created an exclusive LinkedIn Group for our members to share and gain advice and support. Please take the opportunity to ask any questions if you are concerned or worried or would like to know how to find information. Click the button below to join. 

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