FEBRUARY 2021: 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.
In 2021, 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 introduce the brand new BLACK COUNTRY 2.0 initiative and look ahead to a prosperous 2021.
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CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP
Walsall and the West Midlands are ahead of the curve as the Department of Education releases its ‘blueprint for the future' of Further Education as Prosper talks to Walsall College Principal and Chief Executive, Jatinder Sharma OBE.
NATWEST DOUBLE FEMALE FUNDING
Just ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8th we look at the recent announcement by NatWest to provide an additional £1bn in funding to help support female-led businesses in the UK recover from the coronavirus.
NATIONAL EXPRESS WELCOMES TYRE BAN
The Managing Director of National Express Accessible Transport (NEAT) has welcomed new legislation banning the use of tyres over 10 years old on buses, coaches, minibuses and HGVs. However, he wants the legislation to go further.
LENDER SHARES THREE KEY WORDS OF ADVICE
West Midlands based alternative business lender BCRS Business Loans believes that there is some cause for optimism in the coming months, despite the difficulties small businesses are currently facing in the third national lockdown in England.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE QUALIFICATIONS
The University of Wolverhampton spent the week celebrating and showcasing the impact Apprenticeships have on communities, local businesses and regional economies.
FORRESTERS EMPLOYS YOUNG RECRUITS DURING COVID-19
Forresters is bucking the national trend, which has seen thousands of companies delay or cancel their trainee and apprenticeship schemes due to Covid-19.
IT’S TIME TO TALK – BUT ARE YOU REALLY LISTENING?
Through year-round campaigning and its pivotal annual event Time to Talk, the Time to Change movement has improved millions of people’s attitudes towards mental health.
SOCIAL MEDIA - 'FIRED' AFTER TIKTOK VIDEO POSTS
In this month’s edition, we talk to Amy Brokenshire, an Associate in the employment team at Higgs and Sons Solicitors and ask what employers can do to mitigate the risks.
CAN YOU MAKE EMPLOYEES HAVE VACCINATIONS?
The chairman of a high-profile London plumbing firm has stated he plans to rewrite all of his workers' contracts to require them to be vaccinated against coronavirus.