Race Night Excitement Builds

Excitement is now building for the Chamber’s Race Night on Saturday 11th September at the Crown Hotel. All proceeds will go towards the Town’s Christmas lights, which are organised by the Chamber each year. Barbara Hill (chief organiser!) has done a great job with planning and preparations and it’s all systems go. All horses now have…

The End of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes on 30‌‌th ‌September, many businesses will be thinking about next steps for their employees and businesses. many businesses are now fully back up and running and have brought their employees back from furlough. However, there are still some who are unfortunately not yet in that position. You can…

Chamber Chat: August 2021

The August Chamber Chat is available here. From the President – Derek Hufton Member News Business Networking Event Update Race Night Late Night Christmas Shopping Chamber Noticeboard Member Business Spotlight – FMP Development Consultancy Remembrance Sunday

HM Treasury Business Rates Review.

The Government committed to conduct a fundamental review of business rates at the Spring Budget, in March 2021.   The review is on-going and businesses are invited to contribute to this and share their views. The closing date for consultation comments is 24 August.   Click here for more information

Chamber Chat: June 2021

The June Chamber Chat is available here. From the President – Derek Hufton Member News BBC TV Look North Comes to the High Street Welcome Back Bunting Business Networking Event Update Member Business Spotlight – Hair on the Square Top Tips for Business – Appraisals Roundabout Sponsorship Changes Happy reading!

Covid Self-employment Income Support Scheme Fifth Grant

Guidance for the fifth grant under the Covid Self-employed Income Support Scheme, which will cover the period May 2021 to September 2021, will be open for claims from late July. The grant is taxable and will be paid out in a single instalment and guidance about claiming the grant will be available from early July…

Eviction Protection Extended for Businesses Most in Need

In summary: New rules are to be established to ringfence COVID-19 commercial rent arrears and guide tenants and landlords to agree repayment plans Measures to protect commercial tenants have been extended until new rules come into force The announcement has been particularly welcomed by the hospitality sector Businesses that have had to remain closed during…

Delay to England Lockdown Easing

At a Downing Street Press Conference this evening (14th June), Boris Johnson confirmed a four-week delay to the lifting of all restrictions in England beyond 21 June. The new date for lifting the restrictions has now been set at 19 July. This could be a week or two earlier if the data allows, but 19th…

BBC TV Visit to the High Street – Update

There has been a lot of very positive feedback subsequent to the BBC broadcasts last Thursday (3rd June) about our buoyant Town centre. Of course, it would have been great to have had interviews with more businesses to showcase more of the Town and businesses, but the Beeb had a very tight schedule and also…