PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
CHAMBER DELIVERS BREXIT WORKSHOP FOR PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
On July 18th, the Black Country Chamber delivered a morning workshop for public sector employees in the Black Country. As well as hearing an update from Chamber Lobbying & Representation Officer, Dan Turner, delegates saw informative presentations and talks from Peter Wilding, Brexit Director at FBC Manby Bowdler, Amy Brokenshire, Associate in Employment Law at Higgs & Sons and BEIS Business Intelligence representative, Stuart Chapman.
The session ended with a panel-style audience Q & A, allowing delegates to ask any questions which hadn’t been covered during the morning. The event forms part of the Chamber’s funded work with the West Midlands Combined Authority, delivered in partnership with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber.
ECONOMIC SURVEY WINNER ANNOUNCED
The Quarterly Economic Survey provides an overview to economists, policymakers and government about what businesses are thinking and feeling.
The winner of our second quarter prize draw was Peter Icke from Gould Singleton Architects who won tickets to the Black Country Living Museum.
Winners of the next survey’s prize draw will receive an afternoon tea for two at The Mount, and you can read more about the hotel in this edition of Prosper.
To find out how you take part in the survey...
CHAMBER PROVIDES EVIDENCE FOR TREASURY SELECT COMMITTEE
Recently, the Black Country Chamber provided evidence, through the British Chambers of Commerce, on regional imbalances in the UK. In the evidence, the Chamber pointed to the power of increased devolution, increased transport connectivity and investment and raising the attainment levels of Black Country residents with better understanding and control over education policy.
Also included in the feedback was the need for a common sense, business-friendly post-Brexit immigration system, which takes into account national wage disparity and the need to rethink the £30,000 lower-skilled wage cap from the Migration Advisory Committee’s report into immigration policy.
WEST MIDLAND CHAMBERS JOIN FORCES TO URGE GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE T LEVEL AWARENESS
Chambers from across the West Midlands have joined forces to urge the government to counteract confusion over the T Level. In a joint press release, Chief Executives from across the West Midlands Chambers reflected on data from a recent British Chambers survey.
The survey data showed that only 5% of respondents had heard of the qualification. A combined 74% of respondents had either heard nothing at all or knew the qualification by name only. Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber said that this was at “crisis point.”
EUROPE DIRECT INFORMATION CENTRE VISIT PLATINUM MEMBERS TO DISCUSS SETTLEMENT SCHEME
In June, as part of the Black Country Europe Direct Information Centre, Chamber Lobbying & Representation Officer, Dan Turner, visited Platinum member and Black Country manufacturer, JC Payne. During the lunchtime visit to the premises, Dan met with employees who were born in the EEA/EU and needed to better understand what the Home Office Settlement Scheme means for theM.