A £100,000 fund has been set aside by the North East England Chamber of Commerce to help its members through the coronavirus crisis.
The money is being offered in the shape of a subscription rebate for the next three months.
Members can apply for either a 50% or 100% refund as part of the Chamber’s efforts to support firms caught up in the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen the national shutdown of many sectors alongside the biggest Government bailout scheme the country has ever seen.
James Ramsbotham, the Chamber’s chief executive, said: “These are extremely challenging times for all of our businesses, and we need to work together to get through them.
“We have reserves, so it is only right in time of need, such as this, we use them to their best advantage.
“Every day we are getting tremendous feedback around the value of our support in terms of general advice and the work of our staff, who are constantly reaching out to businesses to identify what they need.