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DECEMBER 2020: DIGITAL EDITION

Welcome inside the interactive, digital version of PROSPER Magazine!

As the region's longest-running business publication, PROSPER brings you news, views, insights and information from the Black Country and beyond and is read by key business leaders.

During 2020, we will be releasing a special digital edition every month to ensure readers are provided with the very latest news, information and insights.

In this edition, we Celebrate Black Country Businesses.

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CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

EDITOR'S WORD

Editor, Sarah Thompson introduces you to this latest edition of PROSPER Magazine.

REGIONAL REVIEW

Black Country Chamber's Chief Executive, Corin Crane shares his monthly regional review.

BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER

Hear from the Black Country Chamber President Jude Thompson and learn how the Chamber is supporting local business.

CELEBRATING BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESSES:

FEATURE SUPPLEMENT

MEET THE BUSINESSES OF THE BLACK COUNTRY

We introduce you to some businesses and organisations of the region in our new spotlight feature.

NEWS IN BRIEF

All the latest news, insights and information from the Black Country Business Community

BLACK COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL

Meet the experts available to advise you in international trading.

LOOKING BACK OVER 2020 AND TOWARDS A NEW YEAR

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director, Centre for Brexit Studies, Birmingham City University gives his views on the last twelve months and what he believes 2021 has in store.

HERE’S TO THE NEXT 25 YEARS AND COUNTING

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the University of Wolverhampton Science Park but celebrations, like most plans in 2020, have had to be adapted. 

WIRED UP FOR THE COVID-19 CHALLENGE

Alloy Wire International (AWI) played an unexpectedly key role in the Covid-19 battle, delivering wire to support the manufacturing of life-saving equipment.

GENDER EQUALITY - THIS ONE THING IS DRIVING A MASSIVE UPTAKE IN FEMALE SENIOR LEADERS

When it comes to gender diversity within senior positions, women are still massively under-represented within top-ranking positions.

'LOVE EXPLORING’ APP LAUNCHES IN THE BLACK COUNTRY

Get outdoors and explore your local area is the message this winter from Active Black Country.

SHAPING FUTURES

Making sure vocational learning remains a clear priority for local employers was one of a number of challenges In-Comm Training had to overcome in what has been a year like no other.

RETHINKING YOUR WORKPLACE WELLBEING STRATEGY

Organisations across the UK are steadily realising the importance of staff wellbeing.

UNIVERSITY LEADS THE WAY IN DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS

The University of Wolverhampton is celebrating four years of providing Degree Apprenticeships, helping to plug skills gaps in key industry sectors across the region and further afield.

HELP ACORNS SHINE OVER LOCAL CHILDREN LIKE AIMEE

A charity dedicated to helping families with life limited children make magical memories to treasure forever is calling for the public’s help to make this Christmas a special one.

BUSINESS VOICES: DIRECTOR ID CHECKS 

Richard Freeman, a Paralegal at Higgs & Sons, outlines the implications of what has been dubbed one of the biggest changes to the company registration process in more than 200 years for businesses and directors across the region.

BUSINESS VOICES: TAX RISKS 

Rob Gunn, Tax Partner at Crowe asks 'Do you know where the tax risks are in your business?'

LEGAL ROUND-ROBIN: DATA PROTECTION 

Don't get caught out by the new year data protection changes says Solicitor David Campbell from DPA/OK.

LEGAL ROUND-ROBIN: WORKPLACE BULLYING 

Reyhana Koser, an employment lawyer at Talbot’s Law in Stourbridge gives her advice on bullying in the workplace.

WORDS FROM THE MAYOR

Mayor of the West Midands, Andy Street gives us his monthy overview.

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