News - Coronavirus COVID-19

Posted on: May, 2020
Businesses in Greater Exeter are reporting increased confidence in business recovery according to the latest survey from Exeter Chamber of Commerce.  46% of business respondents reported that their optimism for recovery had increased since the beginning of April.  A further 26% felt neutral, with the remaining 28% feeling less optimistic.   While...
Posted on: May, 2020
A new online service will launch on May 26 for small and medium sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the Government has announced today. The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced at Budget as part of a package of support...
Posted on: May, 2020
A leading Devon law firm has produced a series of guides to help businesses during coronavirus. Stephens Scown LLP’s covid-19 guides cover how businesses can survive and thrive, key legal issues businesses should not forget about and considerations before hibernating a business.   “Although we are starting to understand how the UK...
Posted on: May, 2020
The South West Peninsular is in the midst of a profound economic shock, potentially the deepest in 100 years. Much of the region’s economy has been shut down and high levels of dependence on shutdown sectors (accommodation, food & drink, leisure, travel and non-essential retail) suggests that our region will...
Posted on: April, 2020
The impact of the coronavirus lockdown is ‘severe’ according to a survey of businesses in and around Exeter. The results of the survey by Exeter Chamber of Commerce demonstrate the enormous financial impact of the Coronavirus lockdown with two thirds of businesses rating the impact as severe and 60% anticipating...
Posted on: April, 2020
Exeter College has offered its state-of-the-art industrial kitchen facilities to Food4Heroes; a charity that provides free nutritious meals to frontline NHS staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.   The College’s @34 training kitchens will now be in use providing nutritionally balanced, free meals to NHS staff. These meals will include a vegetarian and a meat option and allergens will be listed on the dishes provided. Meals will be distributed to Royal...
Posted on: April, 2020
A grassroots community project has raised an incredible £3000 in aid of their production of vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community-based health and care workers in their first weekend. They are hoping to continue raising around £1000 a day to keep up with the demand for face shields in the local community.    The PPE4Exeter project was launched last week in order to raise money for...
Posted on: April, 2020
Exeter Chamber is asking businesses to complete this short survey to help us understand the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on your business. Your responses are greatly valued and will be collated and shared with local government organisations to help support their planning and the feedback they provide to...
Posted on: April, 2020
Exeter College has opened the doors of its Clock Tower accommodation to NHS workers in need of a place to stay during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   The accommodation officially opened in September last year for students who travel longer distances to College but following the recent move to exclusively online learning, all students have now returned home and the recently-refurbished former hotel is now available for alternative use.   Following a thorough deep clean, the Clock Tower...
Posted on: April, 2020
FabLab Devon, which is part of independent charity Libraries Unlimited, has answered the call for urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by all NHS frontline staff.  The first batch of visor attachments have been collected today and are being dispatched to NHS staff in the local area.  FabLab Devon is...
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