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NEWS IN BRIEF
FIRST SHOWROOM OPENS IN TIME FOR SPRING
Black Country Chamber Business Start-Up member, Fleming Verandas, has teamed up with the Hollybush Garden Centre to open their first showroom.
Despite another lockdown, Fleming Verandas has persisted in finding new ways to interact with customers.
The showroom, itself a glass room veranda, will also feature hot tubs and decking and will allow the team a fresh air workstation that is COVID safe for meeting customers at a distance.
Doubling as both an office and a way to showcase the products, Fleming Verandas are hoping the new attraction will help to drive new business to the Hollybush.
Director Sam Fleming said, “With the world as it is, more people than ever will be enjoying this summer from the comfort of their own gardens. The new showroom will help expand the range of products the Hollybush can offer for turning their garden into the perfect summer retreat.”
MERRY HILL ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY
Chamber Patron, Merry Hill, has pledged its support to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, after naming it as its charity of the year for 2021.
Operating three air ambulances and two critical cars across the region, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has played a crucial role in the local community over the past three decades.
Throughout 2021, the emergency service which was one of the first air ambulances in the country is celebrating its 30th anniversary of saving lives across the Midlands.
The new partnership will see the shopping destination show its support for the lifesaving service with a number of planned fundraising activities throughout the year, including team and community initiatives.
HEART OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WELCOMES CHAMBER DIRECTOR AS TRUSTEE
The region’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has announced that Chamber Commercial Director, Calum Nisbet has been appointed a trustee, following the charity’s record-breaking 12 months, which has seen it award over £5.7m to community projects since the start of the pandemic.
Mr Nisbet is expected to play an instrumental part in the charity’s plans to navigate a post-pandemic world.
He said, “I am extremely proud of the West Midlands and the people and businesses that make it so special; but we have some serious issues to contend with across the region, particularly given the challenges posed by the last 12 months. It’s organisations like Heart of England Community Foundation that are essential in identifying and supporting local projects that have a real impact.”
With the Third Sector, one of the worst affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, Heart of England Community Foundation’s grants have already provided a vital lifeline for local organisations running throughout the pandemic.
Since March 2020, 1,225 organisations have received grants from the Foundation, totalling over £5.7m – the highest sum ever awarded by the charity in a single year since it was founded in 1995.