The official publication of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

LINK Cannock Chase

Chamber of Commerce

Editor’s View

By John Lamb

A new way of working through difficult times

Sutton Coldfield

Chamber of Commerce

Greater Birmingham

Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce

T Greater Birmingham

Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce

Front cover: Henrietta Brealey, director of policy and strategic relationships at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, and (on screen) Jo Rix, senior consultant at Curium Solutions. See page 5

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being forced to make through the Covid-19 crisis – we are all having to re-assess the way we work and maybe this crisis will change life-long practices for ever. Working remotely is just one of the ways we

are cutting face-to-face business in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. A great deal of what we do actively promotes

social gathering and networking as a valuable way of doing business, sharing contacts, best practice and supporting one another. That’s why we have launched several

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measures (see pages 5, 6, 7 and 8), including a social media hashtag #KeepBusinessMoving to keep businesses up to date with the latest information. And you can also join our new virtual networking hour known as #GBChamberChat on Twitter each day between 11am and midday. A number of Chamber events are also being

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delivered online in a webinar format and we’re encouraging members to share best practices. As well as signposting firms to necessary guidance and advice, we’re encouraging businesses to continue feeding the Chamber, its

Council and Growth Hub so they can be helped to access the necessary support. And this magazine needs to hear from you. So

please keep your news, views and pictures coming to the contacts on the left hand side of this page. The Chamber is also continuing to lobby

regional and national stakeholders to ensure the support pledged by the Government reaches businesses. The situation is changing continually so the Chamber will be keeping abreast of the latest information from regional and national sources. The Chamber’s documentation department

will remain operational at this critical time, ensuring that businesses that rely on shipping goods are still able to do so. Anyone looking for a cheer among the gloom

could look, of all places, to Italy, the hardest hit European country. The current lockdown in Italy has actually instigated a significant boom in eCommerce sales. With people quarantined at home, and

schools, universities, theatres, cinemas, museums, bars, restaurants, churches and most shops except grocery stores and pharmacies closed, purchasing behaviour has been affected and online sales are now skyrocketing. Who can say that this won’t happen in the

UK? The pace of change and progress we were enjoying a few months ago has been tragically interrupted by Covid-19. We will pick it up again – but business life will have changed beyond recognition.

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