Essex Chambers of Commerce – Uniting Essex businesses across the county


The Essex Chambers of Commerce are delighted to announce that we are now working closely with the Essex Resilience Forum, and associated organisations, to unite businesses across the county during this Coronavirus pandemic.

The Essex Resilience Forum is a partnership of organisations which respond to emergencies and provide information to enable residents and businesses to cope. 

We are urging not only our members but all businesses across the county to make it known if they have a service, product or resource which could help to support Essex during the pandemic via our website.

The Police ,Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC ) is working to match the needs established by the Essex Resilience Forum with the business solutions found via Essex Chambers of Commerce. 

This work is ensuring aid is being given quickly and businesses are gaining access to new opportunities to help them to stay afloat – or giving their time and resources for free.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We are fortunate in Essex to have such a vibrant and entrepreneurial business community. During these difficult times it is excellent to see how our communities come together, with both businesses and the public working hand in hand. The Chamber have a long track record of working effectively with businesses and the emergency services so it is no surprise that they have grasped this opportunity to make a difference.”

Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said: “We received a call from Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner to see how we could all work together.

“We are going out to our members to ask what services they can offer or whether they have staff they can redeploy to help in the current crisis. We are going out there and mixing and matching the needs with the offers of assistance. We are talking to every member we have got and are supplying Jane with a spreadsheet detailing what is out there. We are talking twice a week to ensure we are doing everything and anything we can. It is early days, but we have already seen one company help to move hospital beds from Basildon to Braintree and another offering its warehousing space.

“Lots of businesses need the work and want to help. We are the conduit to business and will do everything we can to resource these services right the way along.

“We are delighted to be working with the PFCC as we see this is such an important cause.”

Calls have been put out for the development of rapid sanitising equipment for ambulances and the manufacture and supply of testing kits.

Offers of help have already come in and we are sourcing PPE equipment, moving hospital beds and supporting businesses in their supply-chain, sourcing additional staff and assisting their HR needs.

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