There is no shying away from the fact that this lockdown is having an immeasurable effect on the mental wellbeing of many people. Bereavement, anxiety, isolation, stress, and financial worries are just some of the terrible consequences of the situation we currently find ourselves in. One way to ease this burden is to talk to

With the latest Covid19 variant infection rates soaring and hospital admissions at a pandemic high, the new national lockdown was inevitable and necessary. This lockdown will be particularly difficult as the weather is harsh, the days are short, and we are all extremely tired of living with restrictions and unpredictability. The latest restrictions are much

If I could meet up with myself as I was in December 2019, I am not sure how I would handle the meeting. The conversation would go something like: “Take a seat, I need to have a word about next year. You’ve been at the heart of business and commerce for several years, witnessing upturns

As the UK’s coronavirus vaccination programme gets underway and we at last have an end in sight to the pandemic gloom and restrictions I was hoping that I would also be talking here about a done deal in the post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU. But guess what; a week after we

2020 has seen an exponential increase in the incidence of cyber crime. This has been fuelled by the number of people working from home and the related increase in online activity. The consequences of cyber crime can be at best disruptive and costly and in extreme cases can be fatally damaging to a business. There

National restrictions continue to significantly affect businesses across the country.  While non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure businesses have had to temporarily close during lockdown, those businesses which are still operating will also have been heavily affected by the pandemic.    As such, there is an enormous pressure on businesses’ financial situation.  They may be juggling reduced income whilst

It’s been yet another momentous week for business as the Health Minister gave details of the restrictions we will be living under when the national lockdown ends on 2nd December and the Chancellor set out the details of his Spending Review on Wednesday. It is now clear that the whole of Staffordshire will be moving

Is your business Brexit-ready?

It is less than 50 days to go until Brexit, and currency markets may fluctuate as we near the December 31st deadline, affecting the amount of money you may receive when making an international payment, meaning it is more important than ever to plan ahead. For businesses in Staffordshire, it’s vitally important that you look

Awards celebrate business resilience

The gala presentation of the 2020 Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards, originally scheduled for July, took place at a special online presentation event on Thursday night. Just short of 1000 users clicked to watch the event live as the results were announced by live streaming from the New Vic Theatre, hosted by Chambers CEO Sara Williams