On Monday 1st June, ten weeks to the day from the day we closed our offices on Festival Park to enter lockdown, some of us will be making the first tentative steps back to a new world of work. Not all staff will be returning to the offices and no one is being asked to

There was a welcome boost for the economy with the Prime Minister’s announcement that car showrooms and open markets will be allowed to open from Monday 1 June and other retail outlets should prepare for a 15 June opening date. This will be a welcome boost for the economy and for general morale as we

Like me, you were probably out at eight o’ clock last night, paying tribute to our wonderful NHS workers and all essential workers currently doing such an amazing job. A small token of thanks for a debt that is impossible to repay. Yesterday, I received an email from Charles Bagot-Jewitt, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire.

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of hosting our business leader’s forum. Being the first online forum there was no lunch and no informal networking before and after. We had a good spread of delegates in attendance representing manufacturing, education, professional services, service industries, media and more. However, despite the virtual setting we had a

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, with the theme being kindness. I totally agree with the Mental Health Foundation that mental health is everyone’s business as it can affect anyone at any time. The pandemic has made us all more aware of those people around us who perhaps

Who knows what the true impact of Coronavirus – Covid-19 and the lockdown has had on our economy? To paraphrase Winston Churchill from 1942, we are not sure if this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning. What we can do at every stage of the journey is measure the impact

Although there is a long way to go in the current pandemic and lockdown situation, last week started to see the easing of restrictions with more and more businesses and services re-opening. I personally feel there is confusion surrounding government advice, for example in encouraging those who can return to work to do so whilst

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