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Contents March 2019


Business News 4 Editor’s View John Lamb on the importance of diversity


5 Report reveals persistent recruitment issues 6 Shadow Brexit secretary in business talks 7 Growth Through People is launched 8 Businessman leads fight against leukaemia


10 President’s Focus Nik Hardy, Burton Chamber president


13 Chamber awards shortlist revealed 14 Growth Hub hits major milestone 17 Recruitment firm ditches single-use plastic


18 The Griffin Report Timings Solutions


20 Mr McDonald’s celebrates new franchise 21 New offices for Escape Live 22 Midland Heart rolls out refurbishments 23 Record year for Brindleyplace 24 A postcard from Bahrain


27 Where Do You Fancy? Selfridges


28 Wesleyan appoints chief operating officer 31 STEM skills in the spotlight at expo 32 What the Chamber did for me


Chamber Patrons 34 HSBC attracted by Birmingham’s ambitions


24 Features Creative Industries


54 Five ways to be creative with video


Business Crime


& Protection 56 The importance of cyber security for businesses


58 Protecting your business 37


1813 Club and Premier Members 36 Accountants report record insolvencies


International Trade 38 Chamber champions integrity in business


Chamber Group 40 Commonwealth Symphony Orchestra of India performance


44 Transatlantic Debate needed on trade proposals


45 Future Faces Chamber launches awards


46 Burton & District Football club tackles mental health


47 Chase Praise for LEP at conference


48 Lichfield & Tamworth Businesses invited to share ideas for the town


49 Sutton Coldfield Backing for new apprenticeship standards


50 Solihull Power shortfall must be addressed


52 ABCC Taking on diversity can boost profits


The Hub 41 Chamber network calendar of events


Sector Focus 60 Business Travel World-class aircraft unveiled


62 Finance Cash reserves need careful consideration


64 Legal Thursfields launches specialist teams


66 Manufacturing MTC develops new demonstrator


68 Property Plans to build homes on derelict site


70 Retail Furniture store moves into The Mailbox


73 Sport MP supports grassroots football


Member Section 74 Competition Win passes to Bear Grylls Adventure


75 Member Profile Tomas Maunier, Fazenda


76 New Members The Chamber welcomes new members


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


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