Sara’s Blog: Stoke Reads

By the time schools return in September it will be six months since most children have had regular education and schooling. We already know that many primary school children in our area fall behind in their literacy by comparison to other areas of the UK and that for many there is limited or no access

I have seen a few economic downturns over the years, and if there is a silver lining, it is that we get some fantastic new businesses emerging from the aftermath. Necessity being the mother of invention creates new entrepreneurs, with an idea to launch a new business that could be one of the employers and

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has been matching mentors with businesses for several years through its Let’s do Mentoring scheme. Mentoring has been even more vital to businesses since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic with many firms facing a battle to survive as the economy stalled and locked down in March. One business who has

We are actively seeking Council and Local Area Advisory Board members Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are looking for active, influential members who would like to take their involvement to the next level by joining Chambers’ Council or one of the Local Area Advisory Boards for Stafford and the Staffordshire Moorlands. Chambers CEO, Sara Williams said:

Sara is away this week, so our guest blogger is Rob Lawley, Head of International Trade Increased international trade support ready for January 2021 With the end of the EU withdrawal transition period drawing closer it is vital that companies trading across borders prepare thoroughly for the implications from 1st January 2021. As always, it

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has dug deep into the coffers again this week as he announced measures in his Wednesday statement, worth £30bn, to prevent mass unemployment and stimulate the coronavirus hit economy. Measures include: · A bonus of £1000 payable to firms for every member of staff kept for three months when the furlough scheme

I have not been looking forward to seeing the results of the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) published earlier this week. It seems that my fears were well founded with the survey concluding that UK economic conditions deteriorated at an unprecedented rate in the second quarter of 2020. In fact,

Coronavirus is the economic shock that business didn’t see coming, and while it’s been difficult for the whole economy, many Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent businesses have grabbed the opportunities that the pandemic has brought, helped communities and other businesses to adapt and embrace the digital world, and even been on the front-line of medical support and

As the economy begins to gather pace in a return to open trading, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce remains committed to supporting our members and the wider business community to get through one of the toughest trading environments most of us will have ever seen. We are partnering with customer experience specialists Insight6 to announce a