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Rapid COVID-19 testing for essential workers in Herefordshire

Rapid COVID-19 testing for essential workers in Herefordshire

Essential workers across Herefordshire, who cannot work from home, are being urged to join an initiative to help drive down the number of COVID-19 cases by doing twice-weekly rapid tests (known as Lateral Flow Tests). Four council test centres for people without...

New online Scheme announced to spread costs of deferred VAT

New online Scheme announced to spread costs of deferred VAT

Over half a million businesses that deferred VAT payments last year can now join the new online VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme to pay it in smaller monthly instalments, HMRC announced (23 February 2021). In order to take advantage of the new payment scheme businesses...

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Chamber News

Welcome new Members!

Welcome new Members!

The Chamber would like to wish a very warm welcome to our newest Members this month: Herefordshire HR1 Strategic LTD - HR1 helps SMEs establish and maintain a strong foundation, providing companies with expertise in HR and business management, governance and delivery...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Resumes April 2021

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Resumes April 2021

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations require businesses with 250 or more members of staff to report their gender pay gap by 4 April 2021. However, this year employers have until 5 October to report before legal action begins. Detail available here together with guidance on...

BCC News

Nearly a quarter of exporters to the EU considering holding back activity in the EU   

Nearly a quarter of exporters to the EU considering holding back activity in the EU   

esults from the latest British Chambers of Commerce survey, in partnership with moneycorp, found that while 44% of UK exporters to the EU plan to grow their exports to the European Union, nearly a quarter (23%) are looking to either reduce their activity in the EU or have no activity at all in the next 12 months, following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.  Two-thirds of UK businesses are looking to increase activity in the domestic market. 

European Commission data adequacy ruling

European Commission data adequacy ruling

Today, the European Commission launched the process towards the adoption of two adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the United Kingdom, one under the General Data Protection Regulation and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. The publication...

Patron News

DRPG Bitesize Talks – Hybrid experiences

DRPG Bitesize Talks – Hybrid experiences

Hybrid events are not new, but in the same way virtual became the go-to solution in 2020, the hybrid communication model comes to the fore in 2021. Combining a real-life audience with a virtual audience, they have clear benefits such as greater sustainability,...

Local Cycling Scheme Recognised for Efforts to Improve Sustainability

Local Cycling Scheme Recognised for Efforts to Improve Sustainability

A scheme to get more people cycling has been recognised with an International CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Excellence Award. Woo Bikes, a partnership pilot e-bike scheme, led by the University of Worcester alongside Worcester City Council, Worcestershire...

Member News

Top Tips E-Clinic For Employee Appreciation Day

Top Tips E-Clinic For Employee Appreciation Day

A free e-clinic will help employers find new ways to celebrate, recognise and retain their team members. The latest in a series of hour-long webinars from Paycare’s Wellbeing Manager Kerry B Mitchell has been organised around Employee Appreciation Day, an event...

New Member Profiles

Introducing Riding With Mates

Introducing Riding With Mates

Two Worcestershire cycling enthusiasts have come together during lockdown to offer ethical and organic bike-themed clothing and accessories, selling direct to the public online and also providing custom printing to sports clubs and businesses. The Launch Collection...

Welcome new Members!

Welcome new Members!

The Chamber would like to wish a very warm welcome to our newest Members from across the two counties this month: Herefordshire Bridgestone Designs LTD - Floor and wall covering Eclipse Strategic Security Ltd - Security services company specialising in CCTV/ Alarms/...

Herefordshire News

Rapid COVID-19 testing for essential workers in Herefordshire

Rapid COVID-19 testing for essential workers in Herefordshire

Essential workers across Herefordshire, who cannot work from home, are being urged to join an initiative to help drive down the number of COVID-19 cases by doing twice-weekly rapid tests (known as Lateral Flow Tests). Four council test centres for people without...

Glenn Jones in conversation | Discover Parks

Glenn Jones in conversation | Discover Parks

Courtesy of Worcestershire Libraries, Glenn Jones, Managing Director of Discover Parks in Herefordshire  will be sharing his top books on Zoom. Join Glenn as he tells us which authors have steered his decisions and long-term business thinking to build this highly...

Worcestershire News

Kickstart placements key to boosting recovery plans for firms

Kickstart placements key to boosting recovery plans for firms

With businesses now looking towards some potential dates for reopening, recruitment plans are starting to tentatively get back on track. But with reduced profits and cash flow within businesses, new appointments are being approached with caution.

Now We’re Talking with Art

Now We’re Talking with Art

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, in partnership with Worcester City Council, are creating an outdoor art trail in May featuring work from local artists narrating different mental health issues. The ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’ campaign will...

Brexit News

European Commission data adequacy ruling

European Commission data adequacy ruling

Today, the European Commission launched the process towards the adoption of two adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the United Kingdom, one under the General Data Protection Regulation and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. The publication...

Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

Today (Thursday 11 February), the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to support small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU....

Skills News

Award News

Jmda Design Celebrate 30 Years In Product Design

Jmda Design Celebrate 30 Years In Product Design

Multi award-winning JMDA Design, with their Head Office in Pershore Worcestershire, celebrate their 30th year in product design in 2021. As a global leader in designing child car seats and nursery products, JMDA Design reflect on three decades in the industry with...

Charity News

£1.5 million grant scheme for projects tackling unemployment

£1.5 million grant scheme for projects tackling unemployment

Organisations developing initiatives to help unemployed people across Hereford are invited to claim a share of a £1.5 million pot of funding. Grants worth between £5,000 and £20,000 are available from the European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants scheme for projects...

Now We’re Talking with Art

Now We’re Talking with Art

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, in partnership with Worcester City Council, are creating an outdoor art trail in May featuring work from local artists narrating different mental health issues. The ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’ campaign will...

International Trade News

Nearly a quarter of exporters to the EU considering holding back activity in the EU   

Nearly a quarter of exporters to the EU considering holding back activity in the EU   

esults from the latest British Chambers of Commerce survey, in partnership with moneycorp, found that while 44% of UK exporters to the EU plan to grow their exports to the European Union, nearly a quarter (23%) are looking to either reduce their activity in the EU or have no activity at all in the next 12 months, following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.  Two-thirds of UK businesses are looking to increase activity in the domestic market. 

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