Business Advice

BUSINESS ADVICE

We all need to adapt and prepare for the impacts of Coronavirus/COVID-19 transmission.

As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, we will continue to update information and highlight tools to implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK & Scottish government's strategy.


You can find the latest guidance from the Scottish Government here, on business and social distancing.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-business-and-social-distancing-guidance/

The first half of the document is advisory while the second lists the closures which will be enforced.

Guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


HMRC Payment Support - If you are concerned about being able to pay any outstanding tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline:

0800 0159 559

Through the helpline, HMRC will try and put time to pay arrangements in place for both businesses


A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 - advisers across Scotland will answer questions from businesses related to COVID-19. The helpline will also help the Scottish Government identify the current challenges facing businesses.

The helpline is 0300 303 0660, and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm.


What DIT is doing to provide support to businesses impacted by coronavirus

They have established a dedicated team to support British businesses facing disruption due to the spread of the virus.

Supply chain support: DIT has a global network of relationships with businesses across the world and, where possible, we will seek to provide advice on alternative suppliers.

UKEF facilities available to cover exporters disrupted by coronavirus

Visit their website for more information


As a Chamber member you have FREE access to FOUR essential business services:

  • Chamber HR
  • Chamber Health & Safety
  • Chamber Legal
  • Chamber Tax

These services include the following:

  • Unlimited access to the HR / employment law advice line
  • Unlimited access to an HR website with a document library
  • Unlimited access to a Legal Advice line
  • Unlimited access to an online library of template legal documents
  • Unlimited access to health & safety advice
  • Unlimited access to an online library of health & safety documents
  • Unlimited access to advice on tax and VAT matters

In summary, you have unlimited access to five business advice lines and over 750 free business documents.

Advice Line

One number giving unlimited access to experienced advisors offering practical advice on HR, employment law, health & safety, legal issues plus tax and VAT matters.

Call 01455 852128. You will be asked for your name and company name.

Website

Access to over 750 free template documents covering HR, employment law, health and safety and legal matters. The website also includes HR and H&S Health Checks. To visit the website and login click here.


The Chamber Network:

British Chambers of Commerce hub - preparing for and responding to Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, the BCC team has collated information and resources from the UK government and our Chamber Network in an online support hub.

Scottish Chambers of Commerce is calling on Scottish Government, UK Government and world leaders to urgently agree on a comprehensive global action plan to address the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, and restore confidence and stability to the global economy. Visit their website for quick access to useful documents and resources to support your business to prepare, minimise and manage the risks of Covid-19.