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Contents June 2021


Business News


4 Editor’s View Better public transport will ease CAZ


5 Joint collaboration to build HS2 station 6 Optimism in the region is on the rise 8 UK railways prepared for ‘shake-up’ 11 Hotel will put Birmingham back on the map


12 President’s Focus Tony Elvin, president of Solihull Chamber


13 Director role for former apprentice 14 Language skills vital for SMEs 15 New sponsor joins Birmingham 2022


16 Where do you fancy? Peel’s Restaurant


18 Welcoming new deputy lieutenants 19 Major milestone for clean energy firm


20 The Griffin Report Peter Kienast, general manager at The Grand Hotel


22 Support ahead of Clean Air Zone 25 Work starts on smart-enabled building 26 Plastic packaging tax to come into force 27 Touchwood shopping centre is sold 29 Growth for innovative firm 30 Fleet firm strikes deal with racing car club 32 Call to boost trade links with Germany


Chamber Patrons 34 Aston student wins scholarship


1813 Club and Premier Members


36 UK must take a lead on solving climate change


Chamber Group


38 International Trade and Commonwealth: Free trade deal for UK and Australia


63 Features Charitable Causes,


Promotion & Partnership 51 Tackling poverty in our communities


52 How businesses can support youth unemployment


Tourism & Hospitality


54 The future of events in a post-Covid landscape


56 Covid-19 events checklist 74 June 2021 CHAMBERLINK3


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40 Transatlantic: Canada’s new envoy welcomed


41 Future Faces: Award sponsors revealed


42 Cannock Chase: Promotions at manufacturing firm


43 Burton & District: Bosses join committee 44 Lichfield & Tamworth: New chief at council 45 Sutton Coldfield: Sale of innovative firm


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46 Solihull: Town primed for an employment boom


48 ABCC: Festival celebrates saint


Sector Focus 58 Business Travel: Call for hard shoulders to be reinstated


60 Finance: Sustainability-linked loans launched 62 Technology: Tech start-ups on the rise


63 Retail: Long-awaited return of the high street


64 Legal: New rules for freelancers come into force


66 Property: Slow quarter for office market 69 Manufacturing: Transformation of car factory 70 Sport: Wasps stadium renamed


Member Section


71 Member Profile Kevin Blair, Atmos VR Ltd


72 New Members Chamber welcomes new members


74 …any other business News from Chamber businesses


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