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Chamber and Amazon partner to help firms operate safely in ‘new normal’

The Chambers of Commerce have launched an innovative partnership with Amazon to help businesses get back to work and kick-start the economy as lockdown restrictions ease.
100 Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce members will have the opportunity to tour the Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough to see first-hand how it has implemented a range of measures to keep staff safe while continuing to serve its customers during the Coronavirus crisis.

Our business communities will be taking a safe, risk-based approach to returning to work, in close consultation with their staff. But for many this will be an entirely new way of working.

We want businesses to have the opportunity to learn from Amazon’s experiences, as they chart a safe path back to work in a changing environment.

With guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Amazon has implemented a series of preventative health measures at its sites to help keep employees, partners, and customers safe. The company has made more than 150 significant process changes to ensure the health and safety of its team members - from enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures to the distribution of personal protective gear and the implementation of temperature checks across its UK operations.

Businesses attending will receive practical advice on how to operate safely as restrictions ease and apply any learning to their own action plans for reopening their workplaces.

The partnership is designed to complement the government’s road map and workplace specific guidance released earlier this month.

These exclusive member tours will comprise two sessions per day (morning and afternoon) from Thursday 11 to Wednesday 24 June (weekdays only). Places are strictly limited, to keep within social distancing guidelines, with only five members allowed per visit. If you would like to attend one of the tours, please contact Bren Coleman at b.coleman@cambscci.co.uk or telephone 01223 237414. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The road to business recovery

In the immediate aftermath of the introduction of movement restrictions, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) introduced new surveys to monitor the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK’s economy and society. Grant Fitzner of the ONS has reflected on the findings of the survey of impacts on UK businesses and looks at what it might mean for the UK economy in the near future.

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