PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
BUSINESS IS DONE
We hope that you’re enjoying the new Prosper magazine! It is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people and is the latest initiative of the Chamber in its role as a champion of the business community and a standard-bearer of all of the great things happening across the region.
2019 has been a busy year for us with Prosper forming part of our rebrand and just one of a number of exciting new projects which has seen us expand our offers and services.
One activity I’m particularly excited by is our Black Country Business Manifesto which we launched in May. Developed and shaped by members it highlights the challenges which impact on local productivity and growth and is the focal point for our important policy and representation agenda.
Our work in this area is just one of the ways we support our members and make the process of doing business easier. Over the next pages, you’ll learn more about our activities and projects from supporting your professionals to new businesses networking clubs. You’ll also be able to read more about how your Chamber membership can save you money on a range of business essentials.
As we enter the last few months of 2019, there is still plenty to look forward to including the Big Black Country Business Fayre on 16 October and our very own celebration of the best of the region’s businesses with the Business Awards in November.
President | Black Country Chamber
CHAMBER LAUNCH THE REGION'S FIRST BUSINESS MANIFESTO
THE BLACK COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCHED ITS FIRST BUSINESS MANIFESTO TO RESPOND TO CHALLENGES HIGHLIGHTED BY ITS MEMBERS TO TACKLE A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES WHICH IMPACT ON GROWTH AND PROACTIVITY.
Developed and approved by the Chamber’s Consultative Forum, a network of businesses of all sizes and sectors, and launched with the help of West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, in July; the Manifesto details five key policy issues and 15 commitments which will be the focal point for the business organisation’s representation and lobbying work over the next 12 months and beyond.
Chair of the Consultative Forum and Black Country Chamber President, Julie Cunningham said, “This is a significant and welcomed statement of intent by the business community and provides a clear message to Government about the importance of investing in our highly successful region.
“Reflecting on calls from our membership and in response to very significant shifts in the political landscape it sets out the challenges, opportunities and changes that members believe will successfully impact the region.”
Responding to issues across transport, business essentials, finance, Brexit, inclusive growth, manufacturing and skills; the Manifesto has been received positively by the business community with the Chamber’s considerable lobbying power and connections to local, regional and national government, ministers, policymakers and influencers seen as the ideal vehicle to drive positive change.
Julie Cunningham added, “Providing strong leadership and a unified voice for a business-driven agenda that includes lobbying Government to secure a business-friendly BREXIT for UK plc, safeguarding the future interest of Black Country businesses exporting, attracting regional investment in major infrastructure and creating a region which businesses and their employees can be proud of and prosperous in are central to the Manifesto and the Chamber will play a pivotal role in championing this.”