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Opinion CHAMBER


The official publication of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce


LINK Cannock Chase


Chamber of Commerce


Editor’s View


By John Lamb Sutton Coldfield


Chamber of Commerce


Greater Birmingham


Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce


there will be some positive lessons to take on board. It’s not easy to take anything positive out of the


spread of a deadly global pandemic and there are many personal tragedies that have touched us all. But the one positive I will take away is the


Greater Birmingham


Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce


appreciation that working remotely is possible. We always knew that one day future generations would look back and laugh at the days when we used to sit in queues of traffic or cram into trains, buses and taxis in order to get into the workplace. But Covid-19 has forced us to adapt to new


Front cover: Heroes of the crisis – read all about them throughout Chamberlink


Editor John Lamb 0121 274 3239, 0797 1144064 j.lamb@birmingham-chamber.com


Deputy Editor Dan Harrison 0121 274 3238, 0797 1144052 d.harrison@birmingham-chamber.com


Reporter Jessica Brookes 0750 8317356 j.brookes@birmingham-chamber.com


You can now read the latest issue of CHAMBERLINK and view back issues online at: www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com


ways of communicating through gizmos like Teams and Zoom. Well, new to me although I am told they have been commonplace in schools for years. And as a result cities like Birmingham have


been less polluted. I’m sure Birmingham City Council never imaged that they would get this test run for their Clean Air Zone, which, ironically, has been delayed until next year. As I mentioned in the last issue of Chamberlink,


this magazine comes to you largely through me and my colleagues working at home. We, of course, have to rely on printing and distribution which involves going into the workplace. But we have been forced to make changes. For


Published by


the rest of this year, Chamberlink will become a bi-monthly publication. Your next edition will cover June and July, followed every two months until the December-January issue. It will mean missing only two issues because in


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CHAMBERLINK is produced on behalf of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce by Kemps Publishing Ltd and is distributed to members without charge. The Chambers and the publisher are committed to achieving the highest quality standards. While every care has been taken to ensure that the information it contains is accurate, neither the Chambers nor the publisher can accept any responsibility for any omission or inaccuracies that might arise. Views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of the Chambers. This publication (or any part thereof) may not be reproduced, transmitted or stored in print or electronic format without prior written permission of Kemps Publishing Ltd.


4 CHAMBERLINK May 2020


the normal run of our schedule we would have produced joint issues for July-August and December-January. We aim to return to normal in February next year.


New ways of communicating L


ife is unlikely to be the same again when we recover from the impact of Covid-19. Business practice will inevitably change but


And, of course, we recognise that most of our


readers will not be going into the office in order to pick up their copy of Chamberlink. With this in mind we are urging readers to go


to the Chamber’s website (www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com) to read Chamberlink and to subscribe for free to the magazine through our own app. Both have easy-


to-read, flip-through formats. And, of course, to really stay on top of


everything that is going on in the Greater Birmingham business world it’s easy to subscribe for free to ChamberlinkDaily, which goes our to over 15,000 readers before 9am every day. Simply go to www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com and follow latest news. The Daily includes three sought-after


advertising banners. To check their availability potential advertisers should contact sponsorship and advertising manager Russell Ashman at r.ashman@birmingham-chamber.com He can also help with advertising in our


popular weekly and monthly publications we produce online for every region and sector of the Chamber – Burton & District, Cannock Chase, Lichfield & Tamworth, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield plus the Asian Business, Futures Faces, International and Transatlantic Chambers of Commerce. Readership of most elements of the Chamber’s


online publications are booming – see Page 6. Many experts have predicted that remote


working will become the norm. Of course, there is a lot more to consider than just communications and many issues about productivity, hours, absenteeism and holidays will have to be addressed. But this crisis has proved that it can be done.


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