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Contents May 2020


Business News 4 Editor’s View John Lamb explores new ways of communicating


5 Covid-19 crisis heroes 6 International team extends support 7 Life on the Covid-19 frontline 8 University develops digital safety certificate 9 Chamber president makes donation 10 Businesses move to PPE production


12 Chamber hosts first Quarterly Business Report webinar


13 Community spirit is thriving


14 President’s Focus Martyn Jupp, Cannock Chase president


15 Cannock Chase’s thriving economy 16 Growth Through People goes online 19 Funding for region’s creative media sector


20 Chamber leads call for changes to transport plan


21 Approval granted for Institute of Technology 22 Preparing for life after lockdown


24 The Griffin Report Nick Loman, University of Birmingham


26 Edgbaston MP takes up role on Labour Shadow Cabinet


27 Mentoring scheme opens in Birmingham 28 Visit museums from home 29 HS2 station gains planning permission


Chamber Patrons 30 UK construction industry urged to join Covid-19 fight


1813 Club and Premier Members 32 Business welcomes delay to taxation shake- up plans


International 34 Adviser joins international team


Chamber Group 35 Commonwealth: Export opportunities in India


36 Transatlantic: Communications firm addresses global challenges


37 Future Faces: Creative professionals help charitable organisations


38 Cannock Chase: Medical waste has been overlooked


39 Burton & District: Prestigious role for college governor


40 Lichfield & Tamworth: Financial support for local small businesses


41 Sutton Coldfield: YMCA hosts virtual charity event


65 Features Professional Services


47 Presentations - the person is more important than Powerpoint


51 Is training in IT software essential? Communications


& Marketing 54 Building an engaged sales pipeline


56 Will Covid-19 rewrite the business rulebook?


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42 Solihull: Region remains positive in face of Covid-19


44 ABCC: Business leader’s sudden death


Sector Focus 59 Finance: No need for investors to panic 62 Business Travel: Rail project gets go ahead


65 Retail: Treasury urged to be flexible on business rates


66 Legal: Clarity on business rates discount 69 Sport: Baggies’ chief sacrifices salary


70 Property: Pandemic a ‘bump in the road’ for residential sector


72 Manufacturing: Drinks specialist buys stake in firm


Member Section 74 News Extra Oldest railway roundhouse discovered


75 Member Profile Paul Herridge, Global Broadcast Installations Limited/Pi Media Limited


76 New Members The Chamber welcomes new members


78 …any other business News from Chamber businesses


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