Despite the disruption to the business calendar caused by Covid19, the show will go on and Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards ceremony, originally scheduled to take place in July, will now take place at a glitzy virtual ceremony on 19th November with a celebrity host. This is a fantastic opportunity to let the business community know

It cannot have escaped your notice that the government have launched the Kickstart Scheme which provides 100 percent funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds. This £2 billion fund was set up to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who

With Rob Lawley – Head of International Trade at the Chambers. Our borders are changing, the rules of the game are shifting, and traders need to build or reset their customs processes. From 31 December 2020, the number of customs declarations made by traders is forecast to increase from 55 million to well over 300

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit

As the economy gathers pace following the effects of the pandemic and lockdown it is more important than ever that businesses are ready to grasp all the opportunities to capitalise on the upturn. This means that firms will need to be geared up in all areas including finance, innovation, skills, new markets, product development, customer

It’s not really a great surprise that the latest figures from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Coronavirus Impact Tracker show that firms are still vulnerable as government support schemes approach their end and illustrate that business conditions improved only moderately since the historic contraction of the economy in Q2 2020. Firms are still reporting

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is celebrating this week after winning the Investors in People Award. During a comprehensive assessment period which concluded in March, Investors in People judged Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce to have achieved the Gold standard, an accolade awarded to only 16% of businesses. The local business support service received the accolade after

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published labour market figures for August 2020 on Tuesday. While the headline data continues to lag behind the reality, the decline in number of employees on payrolls and hours worked is further evidence of the damage being done to the UK labour market by the Coronavirus pandemic. The job

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