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PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION

BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER

SUPPORTING THE WORK FORCE OF TOMORROW AS ‘VIRTUAL BLACK COUNTRY CAREERS EXPO’ ANNOUNCED

We live in confusing times, and that can make it harder to plan for the future. But there are some things that we can be certain about.

 

Living in a post-Covid facing world brings drastic environmental changes and rapid technological change.

 

Three big challenges - Covid-19, automation and the environmental crisis - will shape the future of work over the next 10 years and beyond.

 

Covid-19 is transforming the world of work, in the UK every sector of the economy has been hit by the pandemic, with reports suggesting that the worst-hit industries have been hospitality, culture, construction, manufacturing and automotive.

 

However, the pandemic is accelerating the trend towards automation in many sectors – many of the jobs lost will not return once the pandemic is over, and in the UK, the pandemic has hastened the trend towards digitalisation. 

 

Ensuring the Black Country workforce of tomorrow is skilled and adaptable to these changes is key, so, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce has joined together with the Black Country Skills Factory - Careers Hub - funded by the Careers Enterprise Company, to launch the ‘Black Country Careers Expo’, in a bid to help youngsters from across the region gain an insight into the future world of the workplace and create links with local employers, colleges, training providers and universities.

 

‘Live’ on the 14th January, and available for 4 weeks, the Virtual Black Country Careers Expo will provide pupils, parents and teachers from across the Black Country, access to a wide range of careers advice, employment information, apprenticeships, skills and training programmes, FE and HE information, all under one virtual roof. 

 

The project, launched to inspire tomorrow’s workforce, will give youngsters advice on their future career prospects, and showcase some of the next steps and jobs available to them, helping them as individuals to plan and build their future careers.

 

Overhauling post-18 education with a new focus on technical courses, and providing £1.5 billion to upgrade and improve college buildings, the government has promised to create the jobs of tomorrow, stating that they will look with “laser-like focus on skills.”

 

Meanwhile, the Black Country Careers Expo will build on the work of the Black Country Careers Hub and will be a great opportunity for businesses and providers to reach out to the young people of the area during these challenging times, providing an opportunity to promote their individual sector jobs, apprenticeships and training courses.

 

To ensure that all sectors are featured in January’s event, the Chamber is asking those businesses interested in becoming involved to contact them or the Black Country Skills Factory.

To find out more please contact Alex Bamford 07976 902118 or email: alexbamford@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

BUSINESSES TAKING BACK CONTROL WITH SMART METERS

National restrictions continue to significantly affect businesses across the country and there is enormous pressure on their financial situation.

 

Businesses may be juggling reduced income whilst navigating new income streams such as various government support measures.  They might be facing unexpected expenditure on PPE and the cost of making their business Covid secure.

As such, it is extremely challenging to budget month to month; something which is especially true for smaller businesses, who may already be operating with limited cash flow.

Take control with a smart meter

More than ever, the battle to keep control of company outgoings is crucial if they are to survive in this tough climate.  A straightforward place to start in this battle is a universal cost and key expense:  energy bills.

While every business receives regular energy bills, the vast majority don’t track how – and where –they are using their gas and electricity.

 

A proactive way of taking back control of this expense is by installing a smart meter, to show exactly how much energy is being used in real-time. 

Only pay for the energy you use

Another key benefit of smart meters is that businesses get billed exactly for the energy they use.  Unless very regular meter updates are provided, bills generated without the input of smart meters are estimated, based on the usage from a previous period. 

If businesses have temporarily closed or furloughed some of their teams, this could be hugely damaging as they would be paying for energy they haven’t used yet, and might not use for several weeks, potentially making a big dent in their already fragile cash flow.

Don’t miss this opportunity

A smart meter is a positive step in taking control of business outgoings and if your firm has 10 employees or less your business could be eligible.

 

To see whether smart metering can work for your business, contact your energy supplier.  It could be one of the best calls you make this week.

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