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Business News Business News Latest news from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce The real heroes of Covid-19 crisis By John Lamb


The front page of this issue of Chamberlink is dedicated to wonderful NHS staff in Greater Birmingham and others who have emerged as the heroes in a fight against Covid-19 - the global pandemic that has changed all of our lives. Their dedication and bravery is something we


can all admire – from experienced nurses and doctors to the newly-qualified Claire Carmichael, a Birmingham City University graduate who on Page 7 writes a moving account of working on the frontline. This issue of Chamberlink is, of course,


dominated by the ever-changing news about the fight against Covid-19 and how businesses are coping and surviving in the most trying circumstances they have ever faced. Greater Birmingham Chamber staff are


working tireless to ensure that businesses of all shapes and sizes stand the best chance of survival and once again flouishing. Probably the most important of these is the ‘Mind the Gap’ campaign (see page 22),


Tough start: Claire Carmichael – see Page 7


designed to help businesses prepare for life after the lockdown. This is just one of many initiatives launched by the Chamber and there is comprehensive coverage of themthrough this magazine. The switch to operating remotely is working well and webinars have been highly successful with hundreds of members tuning in to take part and gain invaluable advice. The Chamber also delivered 126 hours of


business support and undertook more than 1,600 calls with local firms in response to the coronavirus in a single month.


SCC pioneers virus detection


SCC has developed thermal fever detection technology to help business prepare for life after the Covid-19 lockdown. Europe's biggest independent IT solutions provider who are also Chamber patrons have had their devices extensively tested in hospitals, restaurants and airports across Britain. The thermal fever detection solution uses devices ranging from handheld to fixed multi-camera systems to record body temperature and identify anyone displaying signs of fever, with real-time alerts to enable interception and help prevent the spread of virus.


Full story – Page 27 In addition, the Chamber team supported


more than 110 individual businesses with email queries through a designated inbox as part of its drive to Keep Business Moving (kbm@birmingham-chamber.com) Since social distancing measures first came


into effect, the GBCC has been offering comprehensive support, advice and guidance to local businesses. Its Coronavirus Hub includes briefings on the latest Government support, business advice and informative content. For more information on the support available


from the GBCC visit www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com//coronav irus


Henrietta Brealey, director of policy and


strategic relationships, said: “Our rallying call through this incredibly challenging period is ‘Keep Business Moving’. Our colleagues across the business will continue to do their utmost to continue to Connect, Support & Grow businesses through this. I would encourage everyone reading this to reach out to your relationship manager to find out how we can support you.”


For more information on the GBCC’s lobbying activity go to www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/ coronavirus-update/coronavirus-action-for-you/


Sudden death


Nazir Awan (pictured), 68, a leading member of Birmingham’s Asian and business community, has died suddenly after contracting coronavirus. He ran the highly successful Awan Marketing business with his brother Nasir, a Chamber board member and a former chairman and president of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC).


Full story – page 44


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