Last week we held a webinar on restarting the visitor economy. It was the first of a series of workshops and webinars to encourage those at the smaller end of the hospitality sector to start thinking about what they need to do or plan as we get closer to a lifting of restrictions. I have

The government is now days away from announcing its plan to start getting the UK back to work. Yesterday the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sent a letter to the Prime Minister outlining their principles for a phased re-start of the economy. The letter has been written with the consultations form daily online meetings with

Throughout the lockdown period, we have been working as hard as ever to get the voice of the Staffordshire business community heard by government in this time of crisis. As well as regular calls through the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), we have been producing a weekly briefing report for influencers on what we are

The Staffordshire Business Awards, which showcase achievements and outstanding performance from the county’s best business, has been moved from July to a later date of 10 November 2020. Sara Williams, CEO of the Chambers said: “We will extend the assessment period for nominees from the last 12 months to 18 months. In addition to the

Like everyone else who has a company that can work from home, the Chambers hurriedly moved from a physical office to a virtual organisation in March. Our thoughts were on the immediate problems of making sure that staff were deployed with clear responsibilities and that the organisation was able to function and provide a relevant

I can not stress enough the importance of good governance as a basis for great management and the pandemic and subsequent lockdown will have laid bare any holes in a company’s governance. As we move to the next big challenge – the relaxation of restrictions, however it comes – businesses will be needing to plan

Sara’s blog: The skills agenda

If we are looking for positives out of the current pandemic situation then I would say that there has never been a better time to take stock of your business and assess exactly what direction you want to take as we gradually move out of lockdown. The lockdown has been a test for employers, employees

I can just about remember a world pre-Covid-19 although time seems to have changed since we all started working form home. Sometimes I am not sure if it is Monday or June……. For the past five weeks the pandemic has taken over our lives as we have had to transition our businesses rapidly to deal

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have launched an online survey for businesses to better understand the impact that coronavirus is having on the region’s business community. Click here to take part in the COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise