Sara’s Blog: The rise in cyber crime and end of Brexit transition period

2020 has seen an exponential increase in the incidence of cyber crime. This has been fuelled by the number of people working from home and the related increase in online activity.

The consequences of cyber crime can be at best disruptive and costly and in extreme cases can be fatally damaging to a business.

There are more than two million emails sent per second in the UK alone and the number of ever more convincing phishing emails has also gone up steeply this year.

In the past year one in every 10 businesses has been adversely affected by online crime. Therefore it is vital for all organisations to have a policy in place to ensure that staff are aware of the threat from cyber criminals and that they can identify potential threats in the inbox.

By operating a simple policy of check, confirm and verify, most threats can be dealt with before harm to a business occurs.

At the Chambers with have two trained Cyber Champions who disseminate information to our team and our members on cyber crime trends and how to avoid being caught out.

If you would like to find out more about how you can protect your business from cyber crime there is lots of information on the Staffordshire Police website:

You can also contact the Chambers for information and guidance by emailing:

We are now down to a matter of days until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December. After this time new rules for trading with the EU will come into force.

To complicate matters further, as I write this, we still do not know the exact details of the deal, if indeed there will be one.

With this in mind the Chambers have put together a series of information sheets and links for businesses trading internationally at our transition period portal on the Chambers website:

In the meantime, if you have any questions and issues do not hesitate to get in touch with our international trade team by calling 01782 202222.

If you want to talk to us about any business issues, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email:

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