PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
BUSINESS IS DONE
Happy New Year to all our members and everyone across the business community.
I took over as President of the Chamber at the end of last year and would like to pay tribute to our previous President, Julie Cunningham, and thank her for her hard work and commitment during her time in office.
You can find out more about me and my ambitions for my Presidency in this edition of Prosper and I look forward to connecting with many of you at future events and meetings.
Over the next few pages, you’ll discover some of the exciting developments and activities that the Chamber has been carrying out and is set to deliver as we begin a new year and a new decade.
I would actively encourage you all to get involved and discover how the Chamber can help you and your business.
These are exciting times with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce regarded as a positive, innovative, forward-thinking business support organisation with fresh ideas and exciting plans for the decades ahead.
BLACK COUNTRY MANUFACTURERS TAKE A TOUR AROUND MIDDLETON FOODS
As part of the Chamber’s Manufacturing Campaign, delivered in partnership with FBC Manby Bowdler, September saw local manufacturers tour the world-class facilities at Middleton Foods in Willenhall.
Members and attendees were taken through the various processes that see Middleton’s continue to be at the forefront of food production in the UK. From batters and marinades, to sweet and savoury, the morning session was a real success and the fish and chips luncheon went down a treat.
THE RT. HON JOHN SPELLAR MP MEETS WITH VACUUM & ATMOSPHERE SERVICES
In September, the Rt. Hon John Spellar MP for Warley was welcomed by Vacuum & Atmosphere Services (VAS).
Mike Long, Managing Director at VAS raised various policy issues facing the company with Mr Spellar before outlining how they have continued to recruit despite a difficult recruitment landscape. The visit was finished with a traditional tour of the facility.
CHAMBER & FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES MEET WITH BEIS
August saw a joint meeting between the Black Country Chamber, West Midlands representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses and civil servants from the Department for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Hosted by the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, the meeting covered important points relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the development of local industrial strategies and the future of businesses within the Black Country region.