ChamberCustoms – new training courses and additional funding

Take a look at the current training courses available for UK Chambers, including full training courses and Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses, all of which are eligible for grant funding.

To support the network in accessing available funding, we have put together examples showing how the Customs Intermediary Grant scheme can be used.

See how the scheme can be used to finance:

training for your team;
recruitment of new staff; and
purchasing IT equipment.

The information refers to the current scheme and will be updated with any changes from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) regarding the further £50 million added to the fund. Contact Liam Smyth with any queries.

Register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Establishments can register if they:

sell food for immediate consumption on the premises;
provide their own dining area or share a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals; and
were registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

Posters, images and other promotional materials for establishments taking part in the Scheme are also available. UK Chambers please review the details and share with your members in the sector.

BCC/Totaljobs: Almost a third of firms will decrease size of workforce in next three months

Take a look at the results from the BCC’s Quarterly Recruitment Outlook, in partnership with Totaljobs,  which reveal the impact that Coronavirus has had on the jobs market and calls for further action from government to protect businesses and jobs. Share with your members on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Additional ERDF to support SME restart and recovery, and kickstarting tourism package

To respond to the increased demand for business support due to the impact of Coronavirus, additional European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is being made available. This will apply to existing ERDF projects who align with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded Growth Hubs. The offer of additional funding will include:


£10m support to the Visitor Economy*; and
£20m support for the wider economy.

*SMEs in scope for the visitor economy grant scheme


UK Chambers should review further details and share with your members.

Want to know more about support available from UK government?

Take a look at our Coronavirus Hub for further details about the range of financial support measures available to businesses including links to access the support, information on eligibility and how to apply.Please note that there may be some variations to the measures among devolved nations. See further information on support for businesses in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.