BUSINESS ARE LOOKING FORWARD WITH POSITIVITY AND A LITTLE TREPIDATION
Perhaps it is the onset of the lighter nights and a degree of optimism about what the future holds now that lockdown restrictions are easing, but most people I speak to at the moment appear to have a certain spring in their step (conveyed, obviously via their zoom box banter).
Indeed, there is much to look forward to yet, for many across different businesses and sectors, there is still a feeling trepidation exists. Through our Black Country 2.0 campaign, we are maintaining the pressure to ensure that our region’s businesses aren’t overlooked and to support people as they begin the process of reopening fully as the Spring unfurls. Our Director and Board Development Programme are helping leaders throughout the region to think and act differently and we’ll shortly be launching a new service, Visit Black Country, which will act as an immersive and interactive signposting for visitors to the region. Whatever you are experiencing, and however we can support you, the Chamber team remains here to help. Indeed, at its heart, the Chamber is about people and, this month, we say farewell to two familiar faces. The first is Jim Archibald who has been supporting the exporters and importers of the region for over half a century and the second is Bankie Williams who steps down as Chair of the Board of Directors. On behalf of myself, the team at the Chamber and all of our members I want to extend a huge thanks of appreciation to both Jim and Bankie who have worked with passion and determination to make the Black Country a great place for businesses and wish them all of the best for the future endeavours.