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SEPTEMBER 2021: ISSUE 13

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.

In this edition, we look at Investing in our People.

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CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

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EDITOR'S WORD

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

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REGIONAL REVIEW

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

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WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT

Find out how the Black Country Chamber is working hard to support local businesses and discover the host of initiatives available in 2021.

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START-UP BUSINESS CLUB

Find out how the Black Country Chamber is working hard to support local businesses and discover the host of initiatives available in 2021.

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THE CHAMBER PATRON MEMBER GROUP

Find out how the Black Country Chamber is working hard to support local businesses and discover the host of initiatives available in 2021.

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NEW POLICY & CAMPAIGNS MANAGER FOR CHAMBER

Introducing Jonathon Gray, Black Country Chamber of Commerce Policy & Campaigns Manager

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RICHARD'S CHARITY CHALLENGER HITS THE ROAD

Richard Brooks takes on a sporting challenge all of his own to raise funds for the Chamber’s chosen charities this year, Parkinson’s UK and the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

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BUSINESS FESTIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE

Events in this year’s Black Country Business Festival are now available to book through the BCBF website. 

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DIRECTOR AND BOARD DEVELOPMENT

Board effectiveness programme director anna bateson reflects on why now is the right time for leaders to invest in professional development 

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UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL

Exploring new approaches, insights and taking part in an outstanding professional journey. 

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EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY

Check out our complete list of our forthcoming networking and business training events.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS

We're delighted to introduce the latest businesses to have joined Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

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CHAMPIONING THE VOICE OF LOCAL BUSINESS

Black Country Chamber of Commerce’s first breakfast meeting since lockdown was attended by Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP, leader of HM Opposition 

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BLACK COUNTRY 2.0

Black Country 2.0 moves into its final phase of rebounding to help its members maximise opportunities and tackle barriers to growth.

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MEMBERS NEWS

The latest news, insights and information from our Black Country Chamber Member businesses.

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BLACK COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL

Meet the experts available to advise you in international trading.

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Discover the forthcoming events available for businesses interested in International Trading opportunities.

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THIS GENERATION OF LEGAL TALENT IS LIKELY TO BE MOST DIVERSE EVER

Sarah Bond-Williams, HR director at FBC Manby Bowdler, highlights an explosion of apprenticeships in the legal sector.

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WINDSOR ACADEMY TRUST’S APPROACH TO DEVELOPING ITS STAFF

Windsor Academy Trust's sector-leading approach features as a case study in 'Leading Academy Trusts: Why some fail, but most don’t'.

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FUNDED TRAINING TO HELP BLACK COUNTRY PEOPLE AT RISK OF OR RECENTLY MADE REDUNDANT  

In-Comm Training, supports more than 2500 individuals every year to access apprenticeships and training. 

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WHY STAFF RETENTION SHOULDN’T BE AN OUTDATED CONCEPT 

Jenny Donald, a partner at Forresters, asks if losing employees after five years is good for business?.

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REPORT SHOWS HS2 LTD CONTINUES TO SET THE EDI STANDARD

HS2 Ltd’s annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report shows continued success in driving best practice and quality standards.

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EDUCATION, SKILLS AND THE FUTURE WORLD OF WORK 

Professor Clare Schofield, Director, University of Wolverhampton Business School about education, skills and the future world of work

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BLACK COUNTRY PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT LEADER WELL ENHANCES SKILLS ACROSS GLOBAL BRANDS

WELL Training is helping a “hidden gem” enhance the skills of workforces across the UK, Europe, America and Asia.

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GENERATING COMMUNITY INVESTMENT AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT 

Paycare was first founded in 1874 and has donated more than £2.2 million to charitable and community causes. 

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BUSINESS VOICES

EBC Group explain the difference between Premise vs Cloud while Simon Bond gives five things you don’t want to get wrong when returning To the Office with a Hybrid Team. 

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AN INVISIBLE COHORT: ARE WORKPLACES FAILING WOMEN GOING THROUGH MENOPAUSE? 

Helena Morrisey, of Thursfields looks at why almost 1 million women have left their jobs due to the symptoms of the menopause. 

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COMPULSORY VACCINATIONS FOR WORKERS 

Prosper asks Chris Amys from mfg Solicitors for a legal perspective. 

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