Finally, many businesses across England can now see a path to restart and recovery following the PMs announcement on Monday. Absolute clarity and honesty will be needed every step of the way over the coming weeks so that businesses have a fighting chance to rebuild, and in many cases to reopen. The stop-start dynamics of

For many years we have used our quarterly economic survey (QES) as a barometer on the local economy. As we approach the twelve-month anniversary of the first full lockdown, and with the Chancellor’s Budget just around the corner, it is no understatement to say that this is one of the most important times for businesses

Whatever stage your business is at, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day and lose sight of your medium and long-term goals. Throw a pandemic in the mix for good measure and it’s a wonder that anyone is keeping on track with their business plan (or what business plan?). What we all need is

Business Innovation as Chambers Collaborate to Champion Regional Firms Save The Date as Major West Midlands Business Expo Launched……. Chambers of Commerce across the Midlands region have joined forces to raise the profile of thousands of businesses in a week-long celebration. Supporting businesses throughout Covid-19 has been the top priority for every Chamber of Commerce

A recent survey of 500 mid-sized businesses across the Midlands region has revealed that two-thirds of firms surveyed believe now is the right time to invest in their businesses despite the current lockdown and ongoing economic challenges. The latest BDO Rethinking the Economy survey, found the top three investment priorities in 2021 are investing in

Continuing Professional Development is a recognised standard used by professionals through the CPD Certification Service, to further their career and develop vital skills. It’s a proactive and conscious form of learning which uses various methods to help individuals either learn new skills or develop existing ones. Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub and Staffordshire Chambers of

We are nearly at the end of our first month of life outside EU rules and regulations and I am sure you are all aware from the news what a stressful time it has been for anyone involved in the movement of goods between the UK and the EU. As a chamber offering a Customs

Several people have already been fortunate enough to take part in our Peer Network launched back in November last year. Peer Networks is a networking programme for senior businesspeople to share ideas, solutions, and support to ensure a business thrives and moves forward beyond the effects of the pandemic. It is delivered by the Chambers

There is no shying away from the fact that this lockdown is having an immeasurable effect on the mental wellbeing of many people. Bereavement, anxiety, isolation, stress, and financial worries are just some of the terrible consequences of the situation we currently find ourselves in. One way to ease this burden is to talk to