Upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP prepares to announce changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme later today. We will provide further updates when the changes are announced. Take a look back at the video from Adam Marshall earlier this week as a reminder of our key asks.

NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance

Under the new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus in England will will need to share information about their recent interactions. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Take a look at the specific NHS test and trace workplace guidance for employers, business, workers and the self-employed along with this helpful Q&A for external stakeholders and share with your members.

Test and Protect in Scotland has also been launched. Test, Trace, Protect in Wales will launch on Monday 1 June and contact tracing in Northern Ireland is currently up and running.

BCC key policy asks and wins – updated

Internal to Chambers of Commerce only, please review our tracker document of policy asks and wins. This is not exhaustive and is constantly evolving and updating. If you have any comments relating to the contents please contact the BCC policy team.

Working safely during Coronavirus – office risk assessment

Our colleagues in St.Helen’s Chamber have shared their office risk assessment which provides guidance for staff on how to operate safely within the office at this time. This guidance has been developed in-house and is structured to address all the guidance set out by the UK government in “Working safely during Covid19’ in offices and contact centres”.

This may be a useful template for all Chamber teams as we prepare for the transition back to the office in the weeks and months ahead. Please note that this guidance has not been checked by external legal experts so you may wish to consult before finalising.

Your weekly roundup – 29 May

Take a look at your weekly roundup including a summary of recent updates, highlights of BCC engagement and activity this week. Share with your members and contact the BCC policy team with any queries.


Next phase of working with you

Over the past 9 weeks, the BCC team has been supporting you and your members through the Coronavirus outbreak. As we continue to move out of lockdown in the UK, we are making some small changes to our ways of working effective from Monday 1 June. This will see us move away from the daily communications which were crucial during the immediate crisis, to longer-term ways of working.

Key messages

The BCC press team will provide key messages to Chamber CEOs at the start of every week. These will remain the key messages throughout the week until a further update is issued.

Daily Update

A Bi-weekly Update will be issued by mid-morning every Tuesday and Thursday.

UK Chamber CEO call

Continuing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11.00am. Calls on Mondays and Wednesdays focus on live issues and feature relevant guests once a week. Calls on Fridays will be exclusively focused on the future of the Chamber Network.

UK Chamber virtual roundtable

Continuing on a monthly basis, please add the upcoming dates to your diary.

International CEO call

Occurring every two weeks on a Thursday with two sessions to cover most time zones. From mid-June these will move to once per month.

Chamber Board members call

Occurring every two weeks, with two sessions (UK Chambers on Wednesday and international Chambers on Friday). From mid-June these will move to once per month.

Event teams call

Occurring every week on a Wednesday 8.30am (GMT). Open to events teams from UK and International Chambers.

Membership teams call

Commencing every Tuesday at 8.30am (GMT) for UK and International Chambers.

Market impact and developments virtual meeting

Every two weeks until September (alternate to regular international calls). Open to UK and International Chambers, these calls will focus on different markets per session as they move from lockdown to exit.