daily update from John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive

Opportunity to tour the Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough

Do not miss this unique 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.

Places are limited so please contact us without delay to avoid disappointment.

These exclusive member tours will comprise two sessions per day (morning and afternoon) from Thursday 11 to Wednesday 24 June (weekdays only). The 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 or telephone 01223 237414. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Working groups to help unleash Britain's growth potential

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is creating five new business-focused groups to unleash Britain’s growth potential and create jobs, as part of the government’s plans to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Focused on five key themes, each group will explore how business can work with government to deliver economic growth and jobs:
  • The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development
  • Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions
  • Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business
  • Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships
  • The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK.

The membership of the five working groups will be published in due course but we can confirm that Chambers will be represented by Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, on levelling up the economic performance across the UK group. There will also be an opportunity for other parties and individuals interested in this initiative to share written submissions with the Business Department. We will provide further details as they are available.

Click here to read more. 

Non-essential retail confirmed to reopen from Monday 15 June

The Business Secretary confirmed yesterday evening that shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, thanks to continuing progress in meeting the five tests.

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May.

Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. The downloadable sign can be found here .

Full details of workplace guidance can be found here .


Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Clifford House • 2 Station Yard • Oakington • CB24 9ZR • United Kingdom