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Coronavirus Latest

Coronavirus Latest

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, North Cheshire Chamber’s priority is to support our members and the local business community,  and to ensure the health and safety of our staff.

The Chamber office is currently operating normally and we are open for business, but we are following the Government’s evolving advice.  Consequently we have introduced social distancing by taking the decision to postpone all events in the immediate future, and have technology set up for staff to work from home.

All exporters requiring export documentation can be assured of a seamless service – the majority of documents are issued electronically, and we will continue to produce any documents that require printing here at the Chamber, with collection by arrangement.

Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber and remember we are here to help – and if we can’t, we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our members that we can call on.



For information on the Government’s COVID-19: support for business     visit:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

For information on the Government’s COVID-19: guidance for employees     visit:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

For the current Government guidelines visit      https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

For NHS official advice visit:     https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

ACAS have created a useful guide for employers, which includes information on sick pay and self-isolation, visit:      https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus


Harts Spring Budget Summary

Harts Spring Budget Summary

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. In his speech he stated ‘we are at the beginning of a new era in this country. We have the freedom and the resources to decide our own future’.

‘It is a Budget of a government that gets things done’.

Harts’ summary focuses on the tax measures which may affect you, your family and your business. To help you decipher what was said they have included their own comments. If you have any questions please contact Harts for advice.

Main Budget tax proposals

The summary concentrates on the tax measures which include:

  • a reduction in the Entrepreneurs’ Relief lifetime limit
  • an increase in the Employment Allowance
  • an increase in the rate of Structures and Buildings Allowance
  • an increase in the Research and Development Expenditure Credit.

Other measures include:

  • an increase and extension of business rates discounts
  • extended access to Statutory Sick Pay due to coronavirus.

Previously announced measures include:

  • the increase to the National Insurance thresholds
  • the introduction of off-payroll working for the private sector
  • changes to Principal Residence Relief.

Click here to read Harts summary of the Spring Budget 2020.

Thorneycroft Solicitors announce new community sponsorships

Thorneycroft Solicitors announce new community sponsorships

Chamber Patrons, Thorneycroft Solicitors have developed an excellent reputation for “giving back to the community” where they have offices, as well as to both local and national organisations including The Christie at Macclesfield,  and they are delighted to announce that they have agreed to sponsor two local athletes. For the 2020 season, they will be the proud sponsors of Macclesfield-based duathlete Natalie Duncombe, as well as Bradley Wilson, a superbike racer from Derbyshire.

Natalie is a member of Team GB who, in the past two years, has competed in two European Championships. She now has her sights set on the 2020 season and is also preparing to take on her first half-iron distance triathlon.

Bradley is a budding young superbike racer who completed his first full season as a BSB rider in 2019, and in 2020 he looks forward to more opportunities both within the BSB paddock and without, with the ultimate aim of competing in the Isle of Man TT races.

Both announcements come hot on the heels of Thorneycroft Solicitors also announcing that they will be renewing their sponsorship of British Superbike racer and local motorcyclist, Christian Iddon, who will be riding for his new team, PBM Ducati, in 2020.

Christian said: “I am delighted to once again have the support of Thorneycroft Solicitors. A local company to myself who have the rights of bikers at their core. I have also been able to utilise a range of their other services and had a fantastic experience in doing so.”

The firm will also be renewing their sponsorship of Katie Toft, a World Champion in Paracycling from High Peak.

Katie has developed an excellent relationship with the team at Thorneycroft Solicitors and we are thoroughly excited to see what the 2020 season holds in store.

You can learn more about all of the athletes that Thorneycroft Solicitors support as well as their other news by clicking here.

Thorneycroft Solicitors support Carol Concert in aid of The Christie

Thorneycroft Solicitors support Carol Concert in aid of The Christie

Chamber Patrons, Thorneycroft Solicitors, have been supporting some fantastic causes over the course of the Christmas period including sponsoring The Christie’s first-ever Macclesfield Christmas Carol Concert.

The concert took place at Macclesfield’s St Michael & All Angel Church on Tuesday 17th December and saw over 400 guests attend the yule-tide extravaganza from the local community,  as well as local businesses and organisations.

Radio presenter Mark Radcliffe was the host for the evening and guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of live music in aid of an amazing cause, with singer Katherine Farrow, Fallibroome Academy Choir and the Macclesfield Youth Brass band all performing throughout the evening.

The Christie charity is currently looking to raise £23 million in order to fund the new centre, which will enable more than 1,500 existing cancer patients to receive the outstanding cancer care that The Christie provide, much closer to home.  All proceeds from the concert will go towards The Christie at Macclesfield.

The new centre in Macclesfield will reduce the travel time for those who require cancer care and give those in the East Cheshire area more opportunities to take part in clinical trials.

Thorneycroft Solicitors are immensely proud to be able to continue to show their support for The Christie and help those in their local community.

North East Cheshire Business Awards … oh what a night!

North East Cheshire Business Awards … oh what a night!

Oh … what a night it was!

The fantastic North East Cheshire Business Awards Gala Dinner was held at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa on 8 November, and what a night it was!

Businesses across Knutsford, Macclesfield and Wilmslow picked up  gold, silver and bronze awards in twelve categories and the winners were:

Business of the Year £1M+ sponsored by SAS Daniels

Gold – Illingworth Research Group,  Silver – Macclesfield College,  Bronze – Derek Gough Associates

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Team of the Year sponsored by Harts Chartered Accountants

Gold – Maxim Business Training,  Silver – Pinches Medical & Wellbeing,  Bronze – Pro-Football Academy

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Best Company To Work For sponsored by AstraZeneca

Gold – The Rossendale Trust,  joint Silver – Equilibrium Asset Management and Everybody Sport & Recreation

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Science & Innovation sponsored by Waters

Gold – AER Electric,  Silver – Pinches Medical & Wellbeing,  Bronze – Cevitr

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Small Business of the Year sponsored by Williams & Crosby

Gold – Pro-Football Academy,  Silver – Kutchenhaus Wilmslow,  joint Bronze – Henbury Travel and Manchester Staff

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Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Fabric IT

Gold – The Mere Golf Resort & Spa,  Silver – Equilibrium Asset Management,  Bronze – The Cottons Hotel

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Best Creative Campaign sponsored by Big Brand Ideas

Gold – Context Public Relations,  Silver – Boxed Red Marketing

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Workplace Health & Wellbeing

Gold – Equilibrium Asset Management,  Silver – The Rossendale Trust,  Bronze – Momentum Instore

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Business Person of the Year sponsored by Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

Gold – Rachel Kay (Macclesfield College),  Silver – Ruth Chapman (Gymfinity)

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Start-Up Business of the Year sponsored by North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce

Gold – Synergy Recruitment,  Silver – Farm Made Tearooms,  Bronze – Rolph & Co

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Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Macclesfield College

Gold – Nick Wilkinson (Derek Gough Associates),  Silver – Nicola Oakes (East Cheshire NHS Trust)

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Charity of the Year

Gold – The Clink Restaurant Styal,  Silver – East Cheshire Hospice,  Bronze – The Christie




Chamber welcomes Fabric IT as newest Patron

Chamber welcomes Fabric IT as newest Patron

Fabric IT have committed to supporting North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and local businesses through the Patronage Scheme. This follows on from the recent success of being in the top 100 Fastest Growing Technology Companies at the Northern Tech Awards 2019.

Sales Director, Carl Enser at Fabric IT, said “We are delighted to become patrons of our local Chamber, we look forward to working with the Chamber in helping local businesses to grow and prosper in any way we can. Fabric IT have been part of the Macclesfield business community since 1993 and we all felt this was a great way to raise our profile as an exciting local business”

The Patronage Scheme provides an elevated status within the Chamber community by demonstrating support for the Chamber itself and the work it does to support local business, plus a range of benefits including extensive brand awareness, credibility, high profile networking and influencing policy.

North Cheshire Chamber have also signed a new fixed price managed services contract with Fabric IT. The agreement includes unlimited IT support, core infrastructure monitoring and access to an online tech training portal for all staff.

Sue Bowden, Chief Executive at North Cheshire Chamber, commented “The Chamber is delighted to have Fabric IT on board as the newest addition to its exclusive Patron Scheme.  The scheme is available to just one company from each business sector and Fabric IT are a perfect fit with our existing patrons – AstraZeneca, Big Brand Ideas, Harts, Skills & Growth Co, Thorneycroft Solicitors.