Chamber Releases the Way Forward – Highlighting the Next Phase of Recovery

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce today launched its recovery plan for Covid-19 - “The Way Forward”.

At its heart the plan highlights 4 key themes for action: Transport, Health, The Economy and Communities.

Under each theme the document sets out key issues that need tackling to ensure Greater Manchester recovers from the pandemic and protection is put in place to ensure safe health in a new post Covid 19 environment. The document also focuses on what must be done to offset damage to the wider GM economy and communities – especially to protect against the threat of rising unemployment.

Chris Fletcher, Director of Policy, Campaigns and Communications at the Chamber, said: “This plan has been put together with a huge amount of help from businesses via events and forums as well as data gathered through our weekly Business Monitor.

“It positions several key areas for action under each of the 4 themes that will help decide on how Greater Manchester, its businesses and residents respond to how we will have to deal with a new environment where Covid 19 will be around for some time to come and how best this can be offset so we don’t suffer long lasting economic damage.

“It’s important we look at every area from safe transport to requirements for new skills as businesses change, and these are all covered in the plan.

“We are setting up task groups to lead on this, made up from businesses and other organisations and anyone who is interested can contact me direct to take part.”

Businesses are encouraged to download “The Way Forward” from the Covid section on the Chamber’s website

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About Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce. Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking. The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations. The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.

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