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PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION

BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER

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JUDE THOMPSON
PRESIDENT
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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.

Jude Thompson

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SO LONG, FAREWELL, AUF WIEDERSEHEN...

After 26 years at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Export Documentation Manager, Jim Archibald is leaving behind certificates of origin, letters of credit, customs procedures and incoterms rules and regulations for life at a much slower pace as he retires this week.

 

Jim, whose expertise has helped thousands of Black Country businesses export across the world for over a quarter of a century, leaves the team on 30th April, he said, “This is a proud region of makers and innovators whose products and services reach every corner of the world.

 

“These last few years have seen probably the most significant changes to how we do international trade in my time at the Chamber. Having helped businesses and customers get to grips with the new rules and regulations, I’m also proud to be leaving on a high, retreat to my garden and start to visit other gardens - COVID permitting.”

 

Corin Crane, Chamber CEO said, “For over a quarter of a century, Jim has provided businesses with expert advice and support and, as a well-known and highly respected member of the region's international trade community his wit, talent and contribution will be missed by his friends, colleagues and customers. 

 

“From everybody at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and on behalf of the business community we wish him all the best for the future and a well-deserved rest.”

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