Coronavirus Information Hub

We want to reassure members that the Chamber will remain open to support businesses in our region.

Businesses should continue to follow restictions.

It is important to note that the restrictions differ from the lockdown that started in March. Organisations need to understand whether they are in a sector that has been ordered to close by the Government or one in which they can continue operating in a safe manner.

Below we have set out a series of news, Government guidance and other useful links to help you access the support you need.

You can find out more about the restrictions from the Government website.



Useful advice for business

Local authority grants and support finder


Legal updates

Health and wellbeing

Membership services

EMC Business Positivity




Businesses require urgent support to avoid lasting damage to economy after second national lockdown confirmed, says East Midlands Chamber
Chief executive Scott Knowles says the economy must not be allowed to grind to a halt as it did earlier this year

‘Unacceptable’ handling of Tier 3 lockdown in Nottinghamshire leaves businesses in the lurch and county feeling like an ‘afterthought’, says Chamber
The Government’s handling throughout this episode has been "nothing short of abysmal, leaving a state of confusion among communities and businesses in Nottinghamshire", says the Chamber.

Clear communication needed on exit strategy after Tier 3 lockdown confirmed in Nottingham, says East Midlands Chamber The Chamber has called on the Government to be clear in communicating which tests must be passed for the affected areas to come out of Tier 3 restrictions

Enhanced coronavirus support for businesses impacted by restrictions welcomed by Chamber
An update to the Job Support Scheme was among the package announced by the Chancellor

East Midlands Railway revises regional service timetable due to Covid-related staff absences
East Midlands Railway (EMR) will introduce an amended timetable on its regional services from 26 October following a steep rise in Covid-related employee absences.

How to manage your workforce post-furlough
The Chamber's director of resources Lucy Robinson discusses how employers can reintegrate their staff into the workplace, manage the expectations of middle managers and, should they no longer be able to retain workers, ensure they carry out redundancies properly

British Chambers of Commerce challenges Prime Minister to meet five business tests for Covid restrictions
The director-general of the BCC has written a letter to the Prime Minister setting out five tests that must be met to limit the impact of coronavirus restrcictions on businesses and jobs

British Business Bank reveals how much money has been provided to East Midlands businesses in emergency loan schemes
New data reveals more than 85,000 loans have been issued to organisations in the East Midlands under emergency funding in response to the Covid-19 outbreak - injecting more than £3.3bn into the region's economy

How Business Gateway grant showed Round Corner Brewing it 'can' beat coronavirus by adapting production
A Melton Mowbray brewery is set to double its output this year thanks to a grant from the Business Gateway Growth Hub and its ability to adapt the production of its world-class craft beers during the Covid-19 crisis

Time to confront the ‘B word’: How Brexit is causing a bigger headache than coronavirus for many businesses
After the huge impact of Covid-19 on businesses of all shapes and sizes, the uncertainty they have lived with throughout 2020 continues with less than three months until the end of the Brexit transition period and no sign of a trade deal being negotiated with the EU

Leicester Business Festival is back for 2020 - with business support on offer

More than 100 free sessions will be held from 2 to 13 November, with nearly 40 offering business support in a variety of ways

What latest ONS employment statistics say about state of East Midlands labour market: Comment by Chamber
In the East Midlands, the unemployment rate rose by 0.3% to 4.4%, just below the national average

Lessons must be learned from Leicester situation in new three-tier local lockdown system, says Chamber
The Government has announced a three-tier lockdown system

Chamber comments on Government’s extension to Job Support Scheme
The Government announced an extension to the Job Support Scheme to support businesses forced to close due to lockdown restrictions, as well as a £3,000 monthly grant

Analysing the future of East Midlands town and city centres as business leaders urge 'brave and radical' thinking
While no one quite knows what the future holds for these traditional hubs of commerce and activity in a post-Covid world, the one thing many people do agree on is they will never look quite the same as demand for retail and office space declines

Chamber survey shows region’s economy is slowly recovering – but job cuts continue
The Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey for Q3 showed how a net 9% of employers reduced their workforce over the three months leading to September – with manufacturers most likely to be making redundancies – as cashflow worsened for a net 12% of organisations.

East Midlands Chamber helping 550 young people to find jobs through Kickstart scheme

East Midlands Chamber is teaming up with local authorities and other organisations across the region to get young people into work via the Kickstart scheme – already facilitating more than 550 work placements

Derbyshire businesses urged to join Business Crime Reduction Partnership to help town centres recover

Businesses across Derbyshire have been urged to work together by joining a scheme that aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as the economic impact of Covid-19 takes hold

New deadlines for coronavirus business interruption loan applications
Applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - as well as the Future Fund - will now all end on 30 November

Help programme launched for workers facing redundancy during coronavirus pandemic

Workers facing redundancy will be helped to find new jobs, develop skills or start their own businesses through a comprehensive programme of free support being co-ordinated by Derby City Council

How the FCA business interruption insurance test case judgement affects East Midlands businesses

The High Court has handed down the much-awaited judgement on a well-publicised legal case by the Financial Conduct Authority against a number of insurers that tests whether they should pay out on claims for Covid-related losses under business interruption cover

How Chamber survey laid bare huge challenges facing East Midlands economy

The scale of the challenges facing the East Midlands economy was laid bare in the Chamber’s most recent Quarterly Economic Survey, in which almost all indicators of economic health took a nosedive to unprecedented depths. Dan Robinson analyses the results and finds out how businesses are faring



The Chamber would urge businesses to plan in the same manner they would for any uncertainty – much in the same way businesses have safeguarded themselves as much as possible against unknowns relating to Brexit.

This could take the form of a risk assessment – identifying all supply chain elements and operational activity and making contingency plans where possible to safeguard against disruption. 

Taking the opportunity to evaluate potential cash flow pressures in the event of disruption is also prudent to mitigate against an uncertain trading period.

Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

Top tips for managing risk through and after coronavirus, courtesy of RSM

Local Authorities

The Government has announced a Local Restriction Support Grant scheme to assist eligible businesses affected by Covid-19. Local authorities are awaiting final details from the Government regarding the financial support that is available. Click on the name of your local authority to find out more

Further detail on the support available to businesses can be found here:

Amber Valley High Peak
Ashfield Hinckley and Bosworth
Bassetlaw Leicester City
Blaby Mansfield
Bolsover Melton
Broxtowe Newark and Sherwood
Charnwood North East Derbyshire
Chesterfield North West Leicestershire
Derby City Nottingham City
Derbyshire Dales Oadby and Wigston
Erewash Rushcliffe
Gedling South Derbyshire


Downloadable Templates

We have put together some template documents to help organisations in their planning for any disruptions that Coronavirus may cause. The templates are fully editable for your organisation.

Dormancy checklist for insurance purposes for businesses which will be operating remotely. Courtesy of Aston Lark

Dormancy checklist for Restaurants, Cafes and Bars. Courtesy of Aston Lark





Geldards Coronavirus Legal Updates 

Key members of the Geldards’ team have produced guidance covering important issues and legal advice relevant to the core areas of employment, commercial contracts, property and tax relief and lending.

Coronavirus - Employment
Coronavirus - Commercial Contracts
Coronavirus - Property
Coronavirus - Tax & Lending
Coronavirus – Directors Duties & Insolvency
Coronavirus - Existing Legal Proceedings

Health and Wellbeing

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development has produced a fact sheet, which sets out how employers should respond to the threat from Coronavirus.

The Department for Transport and Public Health England have produced specific guidance for the transport sector here.

The NHS has a concise guide to Coronavirus setting out how it is spread, how to avoid catching it, symptoms, treatment and what to do if you think you or any of your employees might be infected. Details here.

Taking care of your mental wellbeing is of particular importance during times when you can be worried and social interaction is limited. The Mental Health Foundation has put together a guide for looking after your mental health during the cornavirus outbreak.

Membership Services

We also want to draw your attention to some services offered through your membership which may be useful during this time. 

Chamber HR and advice line

International Team

Promotion through Chamber channels

Keep up-to-date via Chamber News

Business advice and support