MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER EVENT THIS THURSDAY,
PLUS DETAILS ON LOAN SCHEME EXTENSION, VACCINE TRIALS & NATWEST WEBINAR SERIES
regular update from John Bridge OBE DL
I am delighted that Mims Davies, the Minister for Employment, is joining us at our Championing Business event on Thursday at 3.00pm. Do not miss this unique opportunity to join the conversation and hear about the opportunities available to businesses.
With the current employment and skills challenges stemming from the pandemic, leaving the EU and changing needs from a labour force, this will be a great opportunity to exchange views and ideas on how to address these.
The Minister will:
• Provide an update on Kickstart and explain how local employers can get involved
• Explain the wider DWP and Government employment support
• Lead a discussion on local employment challenges and opportunities post pandemic.
To attend this important event, please register here >
Approvals deadline for Coronavirus loan schemes extended
The British Business Bank has given banks extra time to approve loans under the state-backed lending schemes. Applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) still have to be received by midnight on 30 September, but lenders will now have two additional months to consider the cases.
The final approvals date is now pushed to 30 November. The deadline for approving the larger Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) has been set for 31 December. No extra time has been given for approvals for the Bounce Back Loan scheme, which is due to end on 4 November.
Public encouraged to register for COVID-19 vaccine trials as 100,000 already sign-up
Over 100,000 people have volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials, helping to speed up efforts to discover a safe and effective vaccine. UK researchers urge more volunteers across all groups to sign-up, especially the over 65s and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Find out more about registering here. NatWest - In Conversation With…’ webinar series
The Chamber’s partner on Restart, Rebuild, Renew, NatWest, continues their new ‘In Conversation With…’ webinar series. Award-winning journalist and presenter, Naga Munchetty is speaking to guests from the worlds of business, culture and sport to find out how they’re adapting to the ever changing world.
In the latest episode, presenter Naga Munchetty is joined by James Averdieck, founder of Gü Desserts, to talk about resilience and recovery. You can catch up here.