The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Your May 2020 Update

Welcome to our May newsletter, 

We’ve had another busy month here at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, working closely with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), local authorities and our partners to ensure members across the districts of Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield are getting the support they need as restrictions begin to ease and businesses start to get back to work.  
West Yorkshire’s £1.8 billion devolution deal consultation was launched this month, which will be an eight-week, public engagement programme led by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. We’ve also launched our QES survey for Q2, which replaces the BCC’s Business Impact tracker poll that has run for the last 10 weeks. Please ensure you have your say as it helps us to gain insight and shape decisions at a national level.
Please find further updates and information below, including virtual events you can participate in and the latest news from our members.
If you have any queries, including what grants and loans are available for your circumstances, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or a member of the team on 01484 483 660 or

I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all the best for June - please stay safe, and let's continue to pull together and support each other where we can.

Martin Hathaway
Managing Director
Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce 

QES: Have your voice heard
and inform the decisions of policy makers

The Quarterly Economic Survey helps us to collate a snapshot of activity, confidence and issues across the business community, which national policy makers use to inform their decisions.

This will be the first QES since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK. The BCC's weekly tracker polls have shown a clear decline in business activity but QES Q2 will be the first real comparison. 
Business support update: 
As businesses begin to return to work, or begin planning for a return to work, it is vital that this is done so in a safe and responsible way. The latest Government guidance can be found here.

Retail update: 
From 15 June retailers (including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets) are being permitted to open their doors. However, these steps will only be taken if the government’s five tests continue to be met and retailers can safely follow the Covid-19 secure guidance

Changes to the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) have now come into effect. The scheme aims to help medium and large sized businesses to access financial support. All the latest information can be found here

Support for the self-employed:
Support is available for the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits. Click here for further details.

Don't forget that our team is here to support you through these difficult times, if we can help please get in touch via
News from our members...
Ramsdens welcomes new partner to Contentious Probate practice
Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed will trust and estate disputes specialist, Nazia Nawaz as partner in its contentious probate team.

Justo Software revamps social media marketing app
Justo Software’s MySMARTApp has undergone a rebrand to become socialsendr, reflective of its improved functionality and new features.

Eitex achieves Microsoft Gold Partner status
The certification means that the Castleford based company can now do more for its clients with the full backing of Microsoft.

Thornton & Ross launches new Zoflora® production line
Pharmaceutical manufacturer, Thornton & Ross has unveiled its new multi-million-pound, high-speed production line.

Welcome to our new member: NSP Transport
Welcome to our newest member NSP Transport! Based in Tordmorden, NSP delivers goods throughout the UK, primarily in the Midlands and North of England.

Nick Pigg, founder of NSP Transport said: “Having been heavily impacted by Brexit and now the coronavirus pandemic, it’s fantastic to be part of an organisation that goes the extra mile to support local businesses and brings the community together through networking.”
Welcome to our new Patron!
We'd like to say a big welcome to our new Patron, Your Choice Fire & Security!

The Pontefract based firm is keen to help businesses get back to work safely with its state-of-the-art thermal fever detection solutions, which detect elevated skin temperatures in one second and require no personal contact.

 Managing director Jason Begg said: “Becoming a Patron of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the incredible work that the organisation carries out on behalf of the local business community. To show our support, we’ll be offering some exclusive offers to members over the coming weeks.”

A 10% discount on the system is being offered to new and existing members.
Virtual events: networking, webinars and more!
Follow the link below to view our events calendar in full, where you'll find a range of webinars, Q&As and virtual networking sessions as well as events tailored specifically for our MY Export Hub customers. 

If you're interested in partnering with us to host an online event, get in touch via
See all upcoming events >>
Recession readiness: Strategies to survive and thrive post Covid
Tuesday 16th June

Join the Investment Readiness team for this virtual masterclass where you will learn how to diversify your revenue, reduce your dependency on a few key clients, plan an emergency fund, understand how to create a contingency fund even when times are tight and much more. 
Register now >>
MYnetwork: Virtual networking
Wednesday 17th June
Following the success of the virtual MYnetwork sessions so far we’re bringing them back again for June! This month we'll be hosting Huddersfield and Wakefield in one combined MYnetwork session. Businesses from across both districts can get together for an informal chat and grow their networks, without getting stuck in traffic!
Register now >>
Pitching your business: AD:VENTURE webinar
Tuesday 30th June

Articulating why your business matters and why potential customers and clients should engage is a key skill that can be overlooked as just the ‘talk of the trade’. In this interactive webinar, AD:VENTURE will cover how to identify your target audience, creating a clear and targeted sales message and building a simple yet effective pitch structure.
Register now >>
Eaton Smith Solicitors is celebrating #YorkshireBusinessHeroes
During these unprecedented times, businesses have shown incredible resilience and compassion, whether that is adapting their offerings or helping neighbours, and we want to hear about them!

Eaton Smith Solicitors has put its Business of the Month awards programme on hold to help represent and celebrate Yorkshire business heroes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nominate a business >>
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