The Chamber has launched a new Business Barometer survey to capture the views of local businesses as they grapple with a post-COVID future.

Previous Barometers have focussed on business confidence and the new survey will gather views from retailers, professional service providers, bars, restaurants and venues as they get ‘back to business’ in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. New questions focus on how local businesses are adjusting to the easing of lockdown restrictions and how optimistic they are about prospects for the next twelve months.

The survey is open until 30th June 2020 and the Chamber will publish the results later in the summer.

Craig McGowan, President of the Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce said: I hope as many people as possible will complete our new survey. It’s a vital part of our work to find out what businesses are thinking and will inform the Chamber’s policies and priorities.”

“None of us have ever experienced a time like this – whether you’re a business owner, employee or simply concerned about your family and loved ones. The pandemic has had a significant impact on our collective confidence as a business community. But it’s also confidence that is going to play a key part in getting our businesses and our town back on its feet.  With non-essential services and retailers able to open from 15th June, I hope that our businesses will continue to dig deep and find that confidence that will enable them to do great things for themselves and the local community.”

As the membership organisation for local business, the Chamber has an important role to play in understanding and representing the views of the local business community.  Over the last three months the Chamber has:

  • played a key role in Haslemere’s wider COVID-19 emergency response;
  • given pro bono advice on IT, HR, finance and insurance via Committee experts;
  • reduced the rent at the Haslemere Business Centre;
  • co-signed a letter with Haslemere Town Council to the Business Secretary appealing for further financial help for small businesses;
  • successfully lobbied for the Lower St road closure to be brought forward to June;
  • reflected member views on car parking, safety and security to Waverley Borough Council and Surrey Police;
  • supported businesses seeking COVID-19 business grants;
  • written to local landlords appealing for help in respect of rent, (eliciting sympathetic responses from several landlords); and,
  • continued to push for additional parking facilities within the town.

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