Her Majesty The Queen has offered support to businesses as they reopen and praised the contribution Chambers of Commerce across the UK and around the world are making to help firms, champion trade and rebuild communities.
The letter from Her Majesty, Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, comes as businesses are reopening and adjusting to a new normal.
The letter reads: “At a time of great difficulty for many, it is heart-warming to see the civic response and generosity of so many businesses, small and large, to the challenges posed, whether supporting the health sector or vulnerable communities.”
Her Majesty also recognised the contribution Chambers of Commerce and their members have made during the pandemic: “As Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, it gives me great pride to see the contribution you and your members are making to help firms, champion trade and rebuild communities.”
Welcoming the letter Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, President of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The Queen’s personal message of support will be a huge morale boost to our business communities at this complex and sensitive time.
“We are grateful that Her Majesty has recognised the crucial role Chambers of Commerce play supporting businesses and communities through the pandemic, and as we restart, rebuild and renew the economy.”
Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: “Since the start of the pandemic, Cumbria Chamber has dealt with more than 500 coronavirus enquiries from businesses, there have been more than 3,000 downloads of our essential coronavirus podcast and 14,000 views of our online coronavirus resources for businesses.
“It gives our team a great sense of pride when the efforts of Chambers like are ours receive royal recognition. You can be sure we will continue to do our utmost to help businesses as we emerge from lockdown and start to rebuild the economy.”