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Contents April 2021


Business News


4 Editor’s View Championing the region’s youth


5 Confidence is growing in the region


6 Chamber will be at the forefront as firms emerge from pandemic


8 BBC’s big Brum move to ‘drive further growth’ 10 Government must ease burden on firms


12 President’s Focus Future Faces Chamber president Jaccy Datta


15 Theatre announces the return of live performance


16 Chamber welcomes new patron 18 Chambers outline a blueprint for mayor 19 Mayoral candidates set their stalls out


20 The Griffin Report Jodh Dhesi, chief executive of the King Edward VI Foundation


22 Birmingham Museums offer more online content


23 David Nicholson named new NHS trust chairman


25 Why firms shouldn’t rush to borrow money 26 Chamber says export slump only short term 27 Pioneering business adopts online tool


28 Animation video helps spread vaccine message


Chamber Patrons 30 Funding scheme for local businesses


1813 Club and Premier Members


32 Management buy-out for Midlands manufacturer


International 34 Warning on growing fraud risk


63 Features


Growing Your Business 47 Top tips for securing new customers


Hotels, Conferences


& Events 51 Stepping back in time at The Grand Hotel


52 Business is heating up for Dalesauna


35 22 Chamber Group


35 Commonwealth: Royal approval for Opportunities Week


36 Transatlantic: Midlands advisors complete US deal


37 Future Faces: Ethics are key for Generation Z


38 Cannock Chase: Committee member takes on challenge


39 Burton & District: President looks back


40 Lichfield & Tamworth: Speeding payments on toll


41 Sutton Coldfield: Peddimore proposals revealed


42 Solihull: Chamber vice-president appointed


44 ABCC: Community missing out on in-person festivals


Sector Focus


54 Business Travel: Investment package for the bus sector


56 Finance: Know the risks of crypto currency


58 Technology: Schools must learn lessons about IT security


59 Retail: The future of retail is optimistic


60 Legal: Uber ruling could impact gig economy workers


62 Property: Demand for office space despite pandemic


64 Manufacturing: Upturn for manufacturing sector


66 Sport: ‘The Tour 21’ raises half of £1m target for charity


Member Section


67 Member Profile Sajid Mahmood, TOA Taxis (Radio System) Ltd


68 New Members Chamber welcomes new members


70 …any other business News from Chamber businesses


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