I wanted to write directly to you, as Chamber members across the UK and around the world.
Every business – no matter its size, sector, age, nation or region – is currently facing unprecedented challenges.
We can only overcome those challenges by sticking together and supporting each other.
That’s why every one of our Chambers of Commerce is working tirelessly to help businesses on the front line – as the ‘first responders’ on the ground.
And it’s why the British Chambers of Commerce team in London is working around the clock to ensure that the UK government and financial institutions get practical support to businesses – fast.
Our priority is to ensure that businesses get clear, actionable information at speed in order to take critical decisions – and that government takes action on the pressing, real world needs of our business communities.
We are making this point relentlessly right at the very top. Over the past three days, both I and my team have been in constant contact with Downing Street, with senior Cabinet Ministers, with the Governor of the Bank of England, and with the banking industry. We are in the room, at the table, and we are making it clear that businesses and their employees need immediate support.
We will do absolutely everything we can to ensure that your questions are answered, and above all, to get the UK Government to move faster to get cash to the front line to keep our businesses, communities and economy going.
Chambers are in business for business – and we will be there every step of the way as we navigate the days and weeks ahead. Count on us – and on each other. Together we can bring our businesses and communities together and lead the fight for the future.
With very best wishes always – and take good care.
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce