News - Chamber Council Columns

Posted on: January, 2021
We understand that tighter restrictions are necessary to ensure that NHS can cope with the rise in numbers Businesses urgently need more support, while this lockdown is in place The impact to retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism has already been devastating, with reports of 165% increase in restaurant job losses last year...
Posted on: December, 2020
“Exeter Chamber understands the need to take tough measures against this rapidly spreading new strain of Coronavirus to protect the NHS and our communities, but this must not be at the expense of further damage to our economy.   “With hospitality businesses already reporting an 80% reduction in takings over the Christmas...
Posted on: December, 2020
“We are relieved that a deal is within sight, giving the business community some surety as we head into the Christmas break. However, we cannot ignore that the uncertainty of the last few years – coupled with the continuing impact of Coronavirus – has taken its toll on us all...
Posted on: December, 2020
Please see below the statement from Joanne Caine, Vice Chair, Exeter Chamber, following the latest Government announcement. “As Devon remains in Tier 2 we call for urgent additional support for businesses operating under severe limitations. This is hitting particularly hard in the hospitality sector at a time of the year that...
Posted on: November, 2020
Exeter Chamber is pleased to announce that Clodagh Murphy has been appointed as Chair of the Chamber, following the organisation’s AGM.  Clodagh has served on the board for the past 2 years as the Chair of ExIST and took a pivotal role at the Chamber in the wake of the Coronavirus...
Posted on: October, 2020
Exeter Works will offer one stop shop for employment information A new project aiming to keep Exeter’s employee economy moving and to minimise unemployment launches today. Exeter Works, a joint collaboration between Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Exeter City Council, will launch with a website signposting useful resources for individuals...
Please find below the latest statement from Chamber Board Director Julie Hawker, following the Government announcement regarding the Job Support Scheme.  “The next six months will be critical for all business sectors with a very challenging combination of Covid related restrictions and Brexit. Indeed, latest stats from ONS show that the economy...
Julie Hawker is joint chief executive of Cosmic, an ethical IT business based in Honiton. Julie has been a board director of Exeter Chamber since 2017 and holds a number of other high level positions across the region including being a board member of South West Business Council and a...
Launching today, Exeter Chamber's new communications series, The Director's Take, will see a different Chamber board director providing regular updates and insight on leading news stories for business each month.  This month, Julie Hawker, Chamber board director and joint chief executive of leading digital social enterprise, Cosmic will give us her...
Posted on: February, 2020
Exeter Chamber of Commerce has appointed Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships & Employer Engagement at Exeter College, to its board.  The appointment comes during National Apprenticeship Week, and as Exeter is recognised as the City of Apprenticeships, with the fastest growing number of apprenticeships, topping 57 other cities across England.  In...
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