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Editor’s View

By John Lamb Sutton Coldfield

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 ( 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

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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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