Exmouth Chamber of Commerce – Support for Coronavirus effects on local businesses

The Exmouth Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee features volunteers from a range of different experiences, expertise, sectors and businesses. The team are passionate about being proactive and mobilising any support they can during the current crisis, aiming to ensure local businesses can weather this storm.

In order to do so, they have created a number of initiatives to provide help, advice and assistance to business owners, employers, employees and the self employed to better understand the needs and concerns of our members and other local companies, as follows: 



On Wednesday 10 June at 11:00am, Exmouth Chamber will be hosting the fifth in a series of popular and very successful online meetings for Chamber Members and local businesses to discuss the effects of Covid-19 on their business so far and receive advice about the various grants and provisions available. 

Our panel of experts, Ian MacQueen, Business Guru and Chair of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, Chartered Accountant Ruskin Wilson from Thompson Jenner LLP, Exmouth, Human Resources Specialist, Belinda Newton from The HR Dept, Exeter , Lisa Bowman, Town Clerk from Exmouth Town Council, together with other local business specialists, will be on hand to listen to your concerns and to give help & advice.

Our Chamber Secretary, Laura Woodward-Drake, and Vice-Chair, John Thorogood, will be available to answer questions on our expanding #LoveLocal Business Support initiative and the upcoming Exmouth Chamber Virtual Business Awards 2020.

The forum will cover the following agenda:

– What systems are now up and running, providing support to businesses? (HMRC, VAT, Grants etc), 
-The more recent Coronavirus business schemes such as the top up to local business grant fund initiative, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Reclaim.
-How are they working and have you or your business had any issues or difficulties?
– What are business owners doing to weather the storm?
– What do we all need to do to bounce back, once we get out of the eye of the storm and how can the Chamber help?
– What can the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce do to give further support?

These sessions are designed to establish :

What is of most concern for businesses, employers, employees and the self-employed currently and in the immediate future.
 For our panel of experts to address and advise on those concerns.
How the Chamber and its contacts can best represent and assist local businesses to collaborate on solutions found

To subscribe to the online forum, please register by clicking here.

You will be then be sent joining instructions by email prior to the event as to how to take part in the discussion.



We want to form a list of local business offers and adaptations, which can be advertised to the community via our various platforms. We are asking for businesses to let us know how they are adapting to the current crisis,  in particular if you are a business that is prepared to accept card payments over the telephone and can offer safe, contactless home delivery of supplies or services or social distancing shopping.  

The Chamber are compiling a spreadsheet of these businesses as an important initiative and as a way to keep businesses ‘in business’. At the same time, it is hoped this service will be of vital assistance to those in most need during this current crisis. Once established, it will be widely advertised via this website.

Already over 50 local businesses have joined the scheme and you too can join them. Not only will your business details are entered on to our database and publicised on our website and individually posted on our social media platforms, one promotion per day.
In addition, your business name gets its own special place on our #lovelocal heart logo along with the many other forward looking businesses that have joined in this initiative.
What’s more it’s a FREE service being offered by the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce to the local business community.
Yes, you read it, FREE – so what’s not to like ?
So if you’d like your business highlighted in this way, we’d be very happy to help.

To It’s easy to add your business details to the database, just click here and complete and submit the simple form.

To view the current database click here.




Please click on the relevant subject for further information.

HM Government advice for the Self Employed

Summary of Chamber Webinar 24/3/20 with Simon Jupp MP

HM Government Advice for Employees, Employers and Businesses

HM Government Business Support

Support available to businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak

HM Government additional business support

HM Government Tax Information

Coronavirus Business Interuption Loan Scheme

HM Goverment permission for Pubs / Restaurants to act as Take Aways

Temporary relaxation of Drivers Hours / Working Time Rules

Latest advice and information from East Devon District Council

Devon County Council Coronavirus Advice

Exmouth Town Council Coronavirus Advice

Advice for the Self Employed from Thompson Jenner

East Devon District Council Coronavirus Business Update 27/3/20

Sign up to East Devon District Council Business Updates

East Devon District Council Coronavirus Update

HM Government dedicated Business Support

Self-Assessment Payment Deferral & Job Retention Scheme payment to Directors – advice from Thompson Jenner LLP 

Business Information Point Coronavirus Advice for small businesses

Exmouth Town Council : Local Businesses providing Collections / Deliveries

Food Standards Agency :Checklist for Food Businesses

COVID-19 Advice for Accommodation Providers

Self Employment Income Support Grants

Thompson Jenner LLP : Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Reclaim



East Devon District Council continues to provide much needed grants to local businesses. 

So far, £32.6m has been paid to 2747 eligible businesses. We are currently making contact with the 1200 businesses that have not yet claimed their grant. Some businesses may decide not to claim but we still need to know this so we are asking people who receive a letter from us to complete this form. https://eastdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/businesses-employers-and-employees/business-grants-support/

You can check the eligibility criteria online https://eastdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/businesses-employers-and-employees/business-grant-support-faqs/ and if you think you should have received a letter or email from us, then please email businessrates@eastdevon.gov.uk

If you are not eligible, you may be able to access three hours of tailored one to one business advice from the South West Growth Hub: call 0800 592 872 or visit www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk

We are launching an innovative range of webinars and online workshops for small businesses in the District. Businesses can register for FREE and join a series of training workshops and advice sessions to learn about some of the steps to take to look after your business at this challenging time. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/east-devon-business-continuity-programme-27920876523

East Devon businesses are already innovating and adapting to the current situation, for example, Exmouth-based Brian J Toye Opticians.  We would like to showcase examples of local businesses making positive changes to the way they work, so please do send these to us gpanteva@eastdevon.gov.uk.  

East Devon Business Continuity Programme

To support businesses at this challenging time, East Devon District Council are working with Cosmic to provide an innovative range of webinars and online workshops for small businesses.

Hosted via online video conferencing, businesses can register for FREE and join a range of training workshops and advice sessions to learn about some of the steps that can be taken to look after your business at this time. Two webinar events will be followed up by range of deep-dive workshops designed to help you adapt to new ways of working.

Link here: East Devon Business Continuity Programme

Upcoming free webinars:

  1. Webinar on 5th May: New ways to sell online and increase income during Covid 19
  2. Webinar on 13th May: Maximising business opportunities in a remote environment  

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