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Contents


Contents May 2018


Business News 4 Editor’s View John Lamb reflects on a period of success


5 Ice Maidens are the President’s choice


6 Winners revealed at Chamber’s annual dinner and awards night


11 Drone technology tested in the Midlands


12 President’s Focus Katie Hale, Sutton Coldfield Chamber


13 Pat Murphy unveils new business venture 14 Future Faces expands into Solihull 15 Lillian Elekan joins Solihull Chamber


16 The Griffin Report The National College for High Speed Rail


18 Mayor outlines plan to tackle congestion 21 Apprenticeship levy changes welcomed


23 Alexander Stadium set for Commonwealth Games transformation


Chamber Patrons 26 Midland Heart appoints chief executive officer


1813 Club and Premier Members 28 Eventmasters win Cheltenham Racecourse contract


International Trade 30 Midlands delegates explore India’s ‘circular economy’


Chamber Group 32 Future Faces 2017 award winner looks back on his victory


33 BABC Conference line-up announced


34 Lichfield & Tamworth Lichfield Festival performers revealed


34 Features Communications


& Marketing 47 New phone system leaves you on cloud nine


48 Tapping into the power of communities


Legal Services


50 Make the right changes and take flight


52 Staying protected no matter what the future brings


56 16


39 Burton & District Business expo secures sponsors


40 Solihull Touchwood welcomes new general manager


42 Chase Record tourism figures for the region


43 Sutton Coldfield Chamber president announced


44 ABCC New president and vice-presidents appointed


The Hub 35 Chamber network calendar of events


Sector Focus 54 Finance Grant Thornton offers the keys to growth


56 Legal No change to inheritance tax laws


58 Business Travel West Midlands Trains to help jobseekers


61 Sport Cricket club extends partnership


62 Retail Enhancing the customer experience


63 Manufacturing Region has lack of vehicle charging points


64 Property Midlands leads the UK in commercial lettings


Member Section 66 Competitions Score free advertising with Birmingham Moseley RFC


67 Member Profile Polydist Europe Holdings Ltd


68 New Members The Chamber welcomes new members


70 …any other business A round-up of news from Chamber members


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