News Archive

Here you will find archived news articles from across the Chamber network including Ayrshire Chamber, Scottish Chambers and British Chambers.


Beyond Level 0 Guidance

Face Covering FAQ's

Timetable for easing Coronavirus restrictions 23rd June 2021

Review of Physical Distancing - June 2021

Toolkit 'Helping your business to reopen safely’ April 21 - Scottish Government

Protect Scotland App Launched 10th September



Letter to UK Government from Chambers of Commerce Network


Winter Economy Summary SME Workplace Guidance Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Programme for Scotland 2020-21 SCC Summary

Letter from Her Majesty The Queen

SCC Network Submission to Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Scottish Government Routemap

You Asked, We Delivered - Chambers activity report

BCC President's letter to Boris Johnson

Coronavirus Support Finder Tool

CJRS Claims

Please find the Q&A on rates reliefs & grants here.

Furlough Claim Calculator for monthly payroll from FreeAgent

Scottish Government Coronavirus Support for Businesses in Scotland

Local Businesses Delivering Food - Updated

Back-to-Work Protective Equipment and Cleaning Services

Funds and Grants Available - Updated 26/10/2020

Best Practices for Securing Your Zoom Meetings


October 2020

UK Business Heroes - Message of Support from HRH Countess of Wessex

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

Further face covering rules announced

Non Domestics Rates Open Letter to MSP's

Scottish Government Increase Funding for Adopt an Apprentice programme

SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Q3 2020 Full Report

SCC QEI Q3 Ayrshire Results

Border Operating Model 8th Oct

Business Opportunities with India - PDF

Scottish Government Phase 3 Route Map

Staying Covid Secure information from Quest

Job Support Scheme information from Quest

Business Week Event Videos

Closing message from our President

Business Week 2020 Investing Women AccelerateHER Lunch Friday Finale

Business Week B2B Exhibitors

Exhibition Event Vidoes

Stay Connected B2B Opening


September 2020

Protect Ayrshire

Kickstart Scheme

Protect Scotland App Launched 10th September

Charandeep Singh receives Points of Light Award

Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health - Rehab 4 Addiction


August 2020

Letter of Credit Service now available via Ayrshire Chamber

Phase 5 Coronavirus Tracker Survey Results


JULY 2020

Scottish Government 'We Are Scotland' - Stakeholders Toolkit

UK Internal Market White Paper

Updated Route Map as Scotland moves to Phase 3

UKGOV Summer Statement

Economic Stimulus Needed to Rejuvenate the Scottish Economy

SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Survey - Q2 2020 Full Results

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce - Quarterly Economic Indicator Summary Report - Q2 2020


JUNE 2020

Quest Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQs v12

Stagecoach 'Busy Bus' App Feature

Barclays Back to Business Programme

Trade Credit Insurance backed by Government guarantee

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQ's 1st June

Factsheet for SEISS and CJRS


MAY 2020

Returning staff to the workplace

SCC Coronavirus Business Recovery Survey Phase 4 Tracker Survey

Trading Standards and Environmental Health COVID-19 Business Guidance and Information

Government extends maximum loan size for large business through CLBILS

HSE eBulletin for Working Safely during Coronavirus Outbreak

Charities and Voluntary Organisations offering support

Auditel guide to help plan for a return to work

Bank of England Monetary Policy Report May 2020

Bank of England Interim Financial Stability Report May 2020

BCC Summary of Government Guidance for Businesses in England

Updated Food Standards Scotland Guidance on COVID-19 Prevention & Control Measures

Scottish Government Framework for Decision Making Update 05.05.20 PDF Version

HSE Guidance on Physical Distancing upon Return to Work


APRIL 2020

Public use of face coverings -

Guidance on Genuine HMRC Contact & Recognising Phishing Emails

UK Government CoronaVirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme announced

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

Business Support Case Study request

COVID 19 - A Framework For Decision Making

Scottish Government State of the Economy Report

Scottish Government Lifeline Support for Business confirmed

CoronaVirus Future Fund - UK Government Future Fund Key Terms PDF

SCC comment on CJRS extension

COVID-19 Travel and Public Transport Advice PDF

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to end of June

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March

Westfield Health COVID-19 and the workplace

Funding sources to support businesses in Scotland facing coronavirus

Reach PLC Customer Loyalty Package

Two-thirds of respondents awaiting funds from furlough scheme as payday approaches

Coronavirus Impact Tracker Report

Government Contact form for Businesses to Support the fight against COVID-19

Wellbeing Fund open for bids - Scottish Government

Additional Support for Business Announced by Scottish Government

Letter From Secretary Of State For Business, Energy And Industry

Chancellor Announces Aid for Charities

The Drinks Trust COVID 19 Relief Fund

COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information

South Ayrshire Council - Community Support Groups

MacMillian Cancer Support - COVID-19 Support and Advice

ChamberHR can help

Chancellors further support for Businesses 3rd April

PACE COVID-19 Redundancy help in Scotland - Scottish Government

Delay to Private sector IR35 Reform


MARCH 2020

South Ayrshire Council COVID-19 Business Support Grant FAQ

Business Gateway Local Support Page

Diageo announces package of support for British drinks industry

Address on the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Scotland - Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop

ABI Guidance On Unoccupied Properties

Scottish Government - Additional Guidance From Scottish Government On Business Closures

ConsumerAdvice.Scot - CoronaVirus Advice for Consumers

ITV News - What should you do if you think you have Coronavirus

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) FAQs for SMEs

WEBINAR - Green Cross Training Mental Health and Working from Home Webinar

CIPHE - Advice for tradespeople from the Plumbing and Heating Industry

SCC comment on covid-19 announcements made by the Scottish Government 18.03.20

SCC comment on new covid-19 package of support announced by the UK Government

SCC additional comment on £320 million Covid-19 package of support

SCC welcomes £320 package of support for businesses in Scotland

Immediate action in response to COVID-19

SCC calls for UK Budget to restore confidence and unlock investment across the UK



SCC Comment on the draft Scottish Budget for 2020-21

SCC sets out key business expectations for the Scottish Budget


Scottish Chambers of Commerce reacts to mixed results of Holyrood rates vote

SCC responds to the Prime Minister’s speech on a future trade deal with the EU



BCC Brexit Briefing

BCC Comment on the UK's official departure from the EU

SCC Comment on release of Migration Advisory Committee Report

SCC Quartery Economic Indicator Q4 View Ayrshire Report

SCC responds to the Chancellor’s comment on post-Brexit regulation

SCC Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill Open Letter

SCC New Year Message from Dr Liz Cameron OBE



BCC Comments on Queens Speech

BCC Open Letter to Rt Hon Boris Johnson

Weak GDP Growth Forecast for 2020 as Business Investment Falls

The Replacement of European Structural Funds In Scotland Post EU-Exit Consultation

Election 2019 - Scottish Parties

Election 2019 - UK Parties

Employers Advice for Xmas Parties



UK road and rail networks not meeting business needs

Barclays toasts to Isle of Arran Distillers

SCC Supports Deal to make Whisky in China

The Coig Newsletter

SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Survey Q3 View Ayrshire Report Here



BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q3 2019 View Report Here

BCC comments on No-Deal Readiness



SCC Comment on Programme for Government 2019-2020

Document Data Group merge with Ivory Solutions

Scotland’s Tree Festival returns to Ayrshire & Arran

The west goes wild for coasts and waters

In good company - Ayrshire & Arran tourism businesses shortlisted for Scottish Thistle Awards


JULY 2019

New Hebridean Whale Trail launches on Scotland's west coast Hebridean Whale Trail Map

Russo-British Chamber of Commerce are taking a trade mission to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on 30th September - click for details

Workforce Survey


JUNE 2019

VisitScotland Competition

Barclays Launches First Scotland Pilot to Supercharge Economies in Local Towns

Quest - Chamber HR

Moneycorp FX


MAY 2019

SCC Comment on Scottish Government’s U-Turn on Air Departure Tax

AA Roadside Assistance

Exchange Rate Risk Management

Opening of New Capability at Merck’s Irvine site

SCC Comment on Prime Minster