The Chambers has always been an advocate of a local supply chain and this has never been more relevant than now after we have seen the weaknesses in some of the areas where we have struggled to get the goods needed from a globalised economy. In fact, you could say that many of our events

This Friday at 3pm, we have our latest online Policy Hour meeting. I am delighted that we will have an hour in the company of Councillor Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Meeting Councillor Abi Brown is always an uplifting experience. The nine years as a councillor, five years as deputy-leader and 12 months

Yesterday saw the start of the enforcement of a two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK by plane, ferry, or train except for arrivals from the Republic of Ireland. The rules, which will be backed by fines of up to £1000, have not been welcomed by the travel industry and some MPs. However,

I am aware that many Staffordshire businesses and schools are manufacturing, supplying, and distributing PPE. Whether it was something you have been involved in for a long time, or whether you have switched your production to manufacture PPE during the pandemic, I have been really impressed with how businesses have responded to the overwhelming need

As businesses emerge from lockdown there is an expectation that there will be a growth in redundancies and businesses will have to change some working practices. It is extremely important that equality and diversity is considered in any decision making This is for two reasons. Firstly, that diversity is good for brand loyalty, generates greater

This Friday we have another in our series of online Policy Hour webinars with Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands. Policy Hour events are taking place in lieu of our regular Meet the MP events and afford an opportunity to voice your opinion directly to decision makers on the issues which matter to you most.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement on Friday, of the additional changes to the Job Retention Scheme, was generally well received and showed once again that the Government is listening to the business community. The changes which come in to place from July, will see a gradual reduction in furlough contributions from the Treasury and will give

This week seems like a watershed in the war against Coronavirus, with government’s announcements of further lifting of lockdown restrictions, coming into effect at the start of a next week. June is going to feel very different with some school children returning on Monday, and lots of businesses, including the ourselves at the Chambers, making

Thousands of contact tracers are starting work today to track down people who have tested positive to Covid-19 who will be told to isolate under the government’s new much talked about test and trace scheme. People who test positive to Covid-19 will receive a text, email, or call to ask who they have had contact