Three ‘Back to Work’ events with Chippenham Chamber of Commerce

By Ben Carey on 9 June, 2020

Chippenham Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to support local businesses as they get back to work following lockdown.

The “Back to Work” online event schedule includes:

  • Thursday 11th June: online networking for local business owners and managers
  • Friday 19th  June: a video discussion between President of the Chamber, Kathryn Crosweller, and health and safety expert Alastair Barrett of What No Safety Services Ltd
  • Friday 26th June: online networking for local business owners and managers, joined by health and safety consultant Debbie Anstis of Chapel Process Management Ltd

The event on Thursday 11th June will include online networking for business owners and managers to discuss the plans they are putting in place to adapt their working practices to become “COVID-secure”.

President of Chippenham Chamber of Commerce, Kathryn Crosweller said, “There are a lot of resources available to help businesses prepare to reopen, but so far there isn’t much about troubleshooting once those plans are in place.

“We aren’t planning on replicating the expert advice that already exists such as on or from the Health and Safety Executive; the intention here is to provide local support once teething issues have had a chance to be identified.”

Outdoor markets, garden centres and car showrooms have already been able to reopen following the national lockdown, and non-essential retail businesses are able to open again from Monday 15th  June.

In a recent survey carried out by Chippenham Chamber of Commerce, 93 per cent of businesses said they had adapted their working practices to keep their staff and customers safe during the pandemic.

Kathryn Crosweller added, “There is a huge amount of expertise in the local area and by offering this series of online events we are hoping to not only bring together people to share what they have done but also give businesses the chance to voice concerns.

“For any industry, the challenge now is not only to protect staff and customers, but it is also about instilling confidence. The more business owners and managers are able to talk, the more confident they will feel, and this will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the business and those involved in it.”

Participation in these events is free and open to both members and non-members. To find out more, visit