CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
An introduction to this special digital edition of PROSPER Magazine from the editor, Sarah Thompson.
Black Country Chamber CEO, Corin Crane talks about the current Coronavirus crisis and how the Chamber are working to support local businesses.
BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
Hear from the Black Country Chamber President Jude Thompson and see how the Chamber has responded to business lockdown.
COMING OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND RETURNING TO WORK
As we tentatively take steps to go back work, Corin Crane highlights the need for a clearer Government road-map.
FURLOUGHED STAFF - THE LATEST
We look at the latest information available from Chancellor, Rishi Sunak.
Q2 ECONOMIC SURVEY
Chamber Policy Manager, Matthew Lowe asks local businesses for their support to complete the latest Economic Survey Questionnaire.
BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS HEROES
We celebrate the Black Country Businesses that have gone the extra mile to provide support and innovation during the COVID-19 crisis.
CHAMBER EVENTS CALENDAR
Keep up-to-date with all of our forthcoming events.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Five pages featuring the latest news and information from Black Country businesses.
MILESTONES IN LOCKDOWN
How One Alternative Business Lender Surpassed CBILS Lending Milestone.
WOMEN & COVID-19
How exactly is the coronavirus affecting women's safety and access to equality? And how should the government address the impact on women?
HELP FOR HIGH STREETS
High Streets Minister, Simon Clarke MP has announced a £6.1 million package to help the high street. We talk to Vicky Rogers of Halesowen BID.
APPRENTICE IS THE KEY TO VENTILATOR PUSH
Key Precision is playing a key role in manufacturing over 150,000 critical parts for the NHS and apprentice, Jacob Benton is working around the clock to make it happen.
APPRENTICES AND COVID-19
Prosper spoke to the team at FE News, the education and employability news channel for the future of education, and asked how the future of apprenticeships and learning may look?.
TECH WINNERS & LOSERS IN LOCKDOWN
The coronavirus pandemic has been bad news for business. But even as some technology companies have been squeezed tight, others have seen a boost.
SUPPLY CHAIN FRAGILITY POST COVID-19
Prosper spoke to Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director, Centre for Brexit Studies and asked for an insight into what lies ahead for the West Midlands supply chains.
HAS CORONAVIRUS CHANGED THE FUTURE OF WORK?
Working from home during lockdown has meant more family stress, more housework, more childcare and more juggling for some, but will it end after lockdown?
THE RACECOURSE & THE REUBEN FOUNDATION
A new scheme is announced to support the local community with the purchase and distribution of over a thousand emergency supply boxes.
STAYING SOCIAL DURING LOCKDOWN
Social media remains the key for many businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look at the best ways to make use of your platforms.
DOUBLE GRANT PACKAGE FOR DUDLEY BUSINESSES
Businesses across Dudley borough are receiving an £85million boost from a ‘double-barrelled’ rescue package.
We hear from local experts about returning to work safely, the importance of staying healthy and our regular insight from the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street.
Employment lawyer Philip Chapman from Thursfields discusses the different options for business investment in a post-pandemic environment.