The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Your August 2020 Update

Welcome to your latest Chamber newsletter,

Over the last month, the local business community has taken a step closer to normality, with more businesses able to reopen and welcome employees and visitors back to their premises. While this is a step in the right direction, we cannot forget the importance of social distancing and ensuring that sites are safe and hygiene levels are maintained to help stop the spread of Covid-19. More information on returning to work safely can be found here.

Businesses across our three districts are still needing more support to protect jobs and ensure the three in ten who have been furloughed have jobs to return to. Since the furlough scheme began, 134,000 people in the Mid Yorkshire region have been furloughed. August's changes will see employers having to start contributing to the cost of having employees furloughed with the Job Retention Scheme grants reducing each month until the end of October. Read our statement in full here.

Industry support 

The future is looking brighter for those in the hospitality industry, as the government recently launched its Eat Out to Help Out scheme, offering discounts to diners to encourage them back to their favourite eateries and get businesses back on track.

The tourism industry has also seen a welcome uplift with travel restrictions being eased as schools break for summer. However, recent changes regarding quarantining for UK arrivals has cast a shadow on some holidaymakers’ travels. Please ensure you stay up to date with the restrictions if you are planning to travel in the coming weeks.

While lots of businesses have been able to reopen, we are not out of the woods yet. If your business is still in need of support I recommend you check out our Chamber Finance Finder in partnership with Swoop Funding. The Finance Finder will help identify which financial support options are available for your business and help you get the support you need.

If you haven’t already, take a look at our E-business Local Support Hub, an information centre for both member and non-member businesses covering financial support, HR advice, and general guidance. More information can be found below.

With Calderdale and Kirklees reintroducing tighter restrictions to reduce the increase in numbers in the areas, I urge you to check the latest government guidance and ensure that you are doing your bit to help limit the spread of Covid-19. 

You can also find further updates and information below, including business support, virtual networking and the latest news from our members and Patrons. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01484 483 660 or

Martin Hathaway
Managing Director
Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce 


The E-business Support Hub is an information centre including financial support, HR advice, and guidance for businesses in these challenging times. Our team has assessed the concerns of local businesses and we have put together this extensive programme of advice and support that is available for both member and non-member businesses across the Mid Yorkshire region.

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News from our members...
Health experts say vitamin D could play a key role in treating COVID-19
An expert panel, organised by Thornton & Ross, saw world-leading health experts discussing how vitamin D could help play a role in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Brighouse agency celebrates hattrick of new business wins
Faith PR has recently won three new clients, including delivering social media support to the US arm of an international pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Kirklees foundation awards half a million pounds to local charities
Grant making charity, One Community Foundation has awarded half a million pounds across 150 grants to Kirklees charities from its Coronavirus Response Fund.

Training solutions provider launches new website 
Wakefield based M!ndset Performance launches new website to support its goal of offering businesses the chance to achieve their potential and growth through training.

News from our Patrons...
University receives outstanding results in student satisfaction survey
Leeds Beckett University’s School of Events, Tourism, and Hospitality Management has received over 90% in all categories of the 2020 National Student Survey.

Security firm helps Nottingham Forrest AFC get back to the pitch
Your Choice Fire & Security partners with Showsec to provide state-of-the-art thermal temperature screening equipment to aid a safe return to the City Ground. 

We've taken our events calendar online! If you haven't already, join us for a webinar, networking session or training course. We've got something for everyone and every business. If you can't find what you're looking for, or would like to partner with us on an event, please get in touch via
All upcoming events >>
AD:VENTURE - Presenting and pitching your business
Tuesday 11th August
In this session, broadcaster and university teacher, Darren Harper will discuss the art of presenting, provide tips and techniques to improve your pitches, as well as how to deliver a perfect PowerPoint presentation. Darren will also offer advice for online presenting, camera placement, and lighting.
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Eaton Smith Solicitors - Employment Law Clinic
Tuesday 11th August

Some businesses are opening up but uncertainties still remain for many about employment and the furloughing process. The Eaton Smith employment team are running free, weekly employment law clinics from 10am – 11am every Tuesday. For more information contact Irina Polyakova or Lewis Holroyd on 01484 821 300.
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MY Network - Zoom virtual networking
Wednesday 19th August

Join us this month for a fun, informal, virtual networking session! Simply login to Zoom and take advantage of this great opportunity to make some valuable new contacts in a relaxed setting. The session will be one hour with the opportunity to join breakout rooms afterwards.
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Welcome to our new members!
Member offer of the month: 
If you’re not quite ready to return to the gym, or simply don’t have time, CKD Fitness is bringing the gym to you! CKD Fitness is offering Chamber members an exclusive discount on its at-home workout programs. Here’s what’s on offer:
  • Weekly training plans
  • 1-2-1 personal training sessions, in the comfort of your own home!
  • No equipment needed; PTs will bring their own
  • Nutrition advice
  • Calorie tracking
  • Daily support from your coach

Login to the MY Chamber member's area or email us on to find out more: 
MY Chamber >>
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