THE Chamber of Commerce has launched a support hub for businesses looking for guidance during the coronavirus crisis.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Support Hub acts as an information centre for financial support, HR advice and guidance, opportunities and learning events available for businesses who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The hub contains an extensive collection of the measures that have been put in place to support businesses including all of the schemes and support programmes such as the Job Retention Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS), the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and more.

Additionally, the hub contains further useful guidance and information for businesses including all the information businesses need to know on returning to work safely under the government guidelines.

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It also includes a number of schemes businesses can get involved in to support in the fight against Coronavirus, from building ventilators, supplying PPE or helping local businesses.

Sharon Smith, chief executive, said: "We have spent time listening to local businesses, assessing what their concerns are and what are the biggest challenges they find themselves facing.

"From this insight, we have put together a significant and extensive programme of advice and support that is accessible to businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

"I invite all businesses across the two counties to visit our information hub and to get in touch with us to voice your concerns and raise any issues that your business has encountered and tell us about those which there are currently no solutions for.

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"With ties to both local and national government, the Chamber is well positioned to be the voice of the business community and lobby for further support to become available to aid businesses through these most difficult of times."

As part of the support network provided to local businesses, the HW Chamber have organised a series of webinars specifically relating to topics surrounding Coronavirus and the impacts on businesses.

In order to support all businesses at this time, the Chamber has opened a number of webinars up to Non-members also, there are available to view on the brand new Coronavirus Business Support Hub.

To access the hub, go to