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It is sad, but a sign of the times that JCB today announced that up to 950 jobs are at risk of redundancy at its UK plants after demand for its machines fell by half because of the COVID-19 crisis. JCB has said the decision to restructure JCB’s business had been extremely tough but that

Quest, the Chambers partner in HR and legal services, have put together a template Covid-19 risk assessment and management guide for offices. By using the step-by-step guide and completing the assessment you will have everything in place to ensure the safety of your employees, customers and suppliers. The risk assessment is not designed to provide

At the Chambers, we are looking at how we can reopen the office and find out if our members want us to do more face to face meetings – and its tricky. We all need to feel safe – and I have a duty of care to make sure that my team are safe, well

I am feeling very optimistic today and this is because I have two positive examples of how the Chamber network is having a real influence on government policy. I was delighted to hear yesterday that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has once again listened to what business leaders have been calling for and has extended the Job

Leading law firm Freeths LLP Stoke, has signed up to be a Patron of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of the people and businesses of Staffordshire by helping businesses to be ethical and effective. Freeths LLP are a top 50, full service commercial law firm with 13 offices spread across

The Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy and workplace guidance was outlined yesterday and I was fortunate to be able to talk about this and businesses concerns on Midlands Today and Radio Stoke. The guidelines are a significant step forward for businesses who will now need to digest the detail as it signals big changes in the

Preparing to return to work I am sure you saw the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night. The Chambers share the Prime Minister’s ambition to see more people returning safely to work over the coming weeks. However, businesses will need more detail on the phased easing of restrictions so they can protect employees

Tomorrow’s Bank Holiday, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, will be a welcome break for many, including me, and a time to reflect and remember for us all. Tomorrow we will mark 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction finally

Since the start of the Government restrictions, there has hardly been a day when the issue of domestic abuse has not been in the news or mentioned in the daily Downing Street COVID-19 briefing. Measures to control Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown have seen people’s daily lives drastically altered. The order to stay at home

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