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22nd June 2020

HM The Queen praises Chambers’ contribution to business communities during Coronavirus as more firms reopen

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, in a letter released today. 

The letter from Her Majesty, Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce, comes as businesses across the UK 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, BCC President Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith 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.”

Heather Myers, CEO of South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is very pleasing to receive such an endorsement from Her Majesty regarding the work that the British Chambers across the world have undertaken. Closer to home, as part of this network, the South and Mid Wales Chambers of Commerce continue to support business and industry in Wales throughout the pandemic.

“This personal message from Her Majesty is a recognition of the work undertaken by 53 accredited British Chambers across the UK and the 60 British Chambers overseas. The Chambers create a uniquely powerful network supporting businesses trading nationally and internationally. We exist solely to help with practical B2B advice, bringing both local and global connections, to support Welsh business and industry to grow and trade, whether their market is 20, 200 or 2000 miles away.”



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