Alfie Brown

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Hertfordshire County Council’s Public Health and the Better Business for All (BBfA) initiative, to create a series of webinars aimed to support local businesses in re-opening safely and with confidence.

At the first event, held on 8th April 2021 with BBfA: ‘Trade Safely, Trade Confidently – Preparing Your Business for Re-opening’ heard from a number of expert Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Fire Safety and Licensing Officers on the following topics:

  • Risk Assessments and controls (including Hierarchy of controls)
  • Re-opening checklist, adapting your products, services or processes and use of outdoor space
  • Managing your business to stay open (avoid/reduce impact of outbreaks)
  • Supporting your staff and workplace cases/outbreaks
  • Fire safety
  • Support from Hertfordshire local councils and the BBfA trading safely toolkit

The webinar also included a Q&A session with the panel to answer any questions the delegates had on preparing to re-open, assessing COVID-19 as a risk, health and safety, and consumer law.

The second webinar, which took place on 9th April 2021 with the Director of Public Health, Professor Jim McManus, focused on: ‘COVID Testing in Hertfordshire – How Can It Help Your Business Operate Safely?’


During this event, delegates received an update on rapid testing in Hertfordshire from Professor McManus and his colleague Susan Hamilton, Consultant in Public Health. Before going over the options available to businesses to help them continue to operate safely.

Briege Leahy, Chief Executive of Herts Chamber said: “We are delighted to be working with Hertfordshire’s County Council Public Health team, to assist businesses that have already re-opened and to those who are preparing to re-open, to offer them advice on trading safely.

The Public Health and Better Business for All teams, have a wealth of information available to assist Hertfordshire businesses in keeping their staff and customers safe.”

Both webinars are available to watch on the Herts Chamber website and this series of events continues with:

Everything you need to know about COVID Vaccinations on 23rd April with Public Health and ‘Trade Safely, Trade Confidently – Step 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery on 13th May with BBfA.