Business News President’s Focus

Cannock Chase president Martyn Jupp says the coronavirus lockdown is like fighting a war. As grim as that analogy might sound, he believes entrepreneurial spirit will help the business community to beat the crisis and come out on the other side.

know it. But I am confident that as ever, we, the business community will pull through this, using all our ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. The Government has done what many would


seem like the impossible, with huge injections of money, loans and tax payment holidays, and as a package, is as good if not better than any other country in the world. However, it will all need paying for in the long term. It is at times like this that we all see life in a

different way, what is important and what is not so. What is success measured in? Well at the moment it is certainly staying healthy and helping our wider community in any way possible. It’s called pulling together, and so often it

seems like we are all pulling against each other. This is a watershed moment and it’s great to see all the community pulling in the same direction,with no divisions like Brexit or political points scoring.

‘The Chamber will play a vital role in assisting business and helping the economy get back on its feet. It is ‘the go to place’ for businesses requiring assistance or information’

We are at war with this virus and every war

has casualties, that’s both in terms of people and business. So when we come out of this war, and we will, what we all must do, is turn this huge negative into a positive situation. We can all play our part. If we talk ourselves

into a recession, then surely we will have one. So, we need to take the bull by the horns’ and talk and act positively. We need to see that investment in people, training and skills is pushed to the front and we need to shout about every bit of positive news. The Chamber will play a vital role in assisting

business and helping the economy get back on its feet. It is ‘the go to place’ for businesses requiring assistance or information. The Chamber’s network of members is so wide and varying there is nothing they can’t help with. As well as the Chamber’s range of usual

resources and benefits for members, the Chamber has been hard at work to provide detailed, up-to-date advice and guidance to help businesses survive this virus. Its dedicated coronavirus update page on its

website has a wealth of resources, from the latest Government developments to details on


Cannock president Martyn Jupp is a motorbike enthusiast, but will not have been out on the open road much lately

different loan and grant schemes. Aside from its succinct advice and guidance,

the Chamber also lobbies local authorities and Government on behalf of members, ensuring that our business voices and concerns surrounding the coronavirus are heard.

Finally we need to say a huge ‘thank you’ to

all the brave and hardworking essential workers who have put themselves in harms way to care for the sick, infirm and elderly, and are the foundation of our modern, civilised society. God bless you all.

e are now indeed, in uncharted territory. Unprecedented in terms of the challenges for business as we

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