CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
An introduction to this digital edition of PROSPER Magazine from the editor, Sarah Thompson.
Black Country Chamber CEO, Corin Crane talks about the diversity of the Black Country region and how businesses can benefit from the power and strength of an inclusive workforce.
BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
Hear from the Black Country Chamber President Jude Thompson and learn how the Chamber is supporting local business.
Taking a look at Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Across Our Region.
NEWS IN BRIEF
We take a look at the latest news from around the Black Country business region.
Results from a UK survey on so-called ‘furlough fear’ released last month exposed a spectrum of concerns from furloughed staff that extend beyond the financial.
BUSINESSES URGED TO ENTER QUEEN'S AWARDS
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have opened for 2021 entries and the Sandwell Business Ambassadors are urging Black Country businesses to apply.
SIRUS AUTOMOTIVE GOES GLOBAL
As the UK negotiates new global trade deals with the USA, we talk to Black Country-based Sirus Automotive about their international trade journey.
UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENTS
Climate Change Agreements have recently been reopened for applications with a closing date of 30th September 2020. CEC explains everything you need to know about them.
NINETEEN CHARITIES RECEIVE HONOURS
A record nineteen charitable organisations across the West Midlands are the recipients of the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.
MEET THE BAKING BOSS
Tracy Woolery Forbes from award-winning Wolverhampton based artisan bakers, Woolery Forbes talks about her business and the vital business support from the Black Country Chamber.
RESCUING MIDLANDS AEROSPACE
The Midlands is home to one of the few aerospace superclusters, with over 300 companies forming one of the largest regional networks internationally.
WORDS FROM THE MAYOR
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street discusses lessons the High Street can learn from the last recession.
VIRUS ENDS THE 3PL SECTOR’S ‘BREXIT BOOST’
The ‘Brexit Boost’ that has benefited the 3rd Party Logistics sector for so long appears to be coming to an end, says John Maguire managing director of Narrow Aisle Ltd.
COVID-19 CRISIS HIGHLIGHTS HIDDEN CONTINUITY THREAT
Richard Bull, a tax partner at finance advisory firm Crowe, warns of continuity risk to businesses that rely too much on one or two directors to sign off deals and authorise payments.