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Chamber CEO urges firms to plan ahead to mitigate potential risks posed by Coronavirus

Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said: “Although most businesses have yet to see any severe direct impact as a result of the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, many will be planning ahead to manage any potential economic effect, such as staff shortages, shipping restrictions, increased freight costs, supply chain disruption and travel restrictions.

“For those who haven’t looked into it, I would strongly advise them to plan ahead now and consider the potential issues which may arise. Staff might have to work from home, especially if schools are forced to close, and others may lose income if large gatherings are banned.

“All businesses need to have an action plan ready to go to mitigate the potential risks, from businesses which import products or materials from infected areas and those which have staff who regularly travel overseas, to those which cater for large functions and firms which would struggle to operate remotely.

“In the meantime, the Chamber will continue to work closely with the British Chambers of Commerce to help disseminate advice and information from Government to help businesses at what is already a challenging time for many who trade internationally.”

The latest advice for employers and businesses from Public Health England is available here.

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