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SEPTEMBER 2020: DIGITAL EDITION

Welcome inside the interactive, digital version of PROSPER Magazine!

As the region's longest-running business publication, PROSPER brings you news, views, insights and information from the Black Country and beyond and is read by key business leaders.

During 2020, we will be releasing a special digital edition every month to ensure readers are provided with the very latest news, information and insights.

In this edition, we'll be looking at the Black Country economy and looking towards a new economic world.

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CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Sarah Thompson

EDITOR'S WORD

Editor, Sarah Thompson introduces you to this latest edition of PROSPER Magazine.

Corin-Crane

REGIONAL REVIEW

Black Country Chamber's Chief Executive, Corin Crane shares his monthly regional review.

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BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER

Hear from the Black Country Chamber President Jude Thompson and learn how the Chamber is supporting local business.

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THE ECONOMIC FUTURE: FEATURE SUPPLEMENT

Five feature articles looking at the economic future for the Black Country business region.

News

NEWS IN BRIEF

All the latest news, information and insights from the Black Country business community.

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BLACK COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL

Meet the experts available to advise you in international trading.

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UK FIRMS FACE UP TO THREAT OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AS MORE STAFF WORK FROM HOME

Companies are offering training for staff and support including paid leave and emergency accommodation.

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MONITORING EMPLOYEES’ SOCIAL MEDIA

Prosper asks employment lawyer, Simon Bond from Bond Legal for his professional view.

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THE BATTLE TO RAISE THE CURTAIN AGAIN

Grand Theatre CEO, Adrian Jackson is working tirelessly to make sure the Grand bounces back after this pandemic.

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ONE IN 10 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RUN A BUSINESS ALONGSIDE THEIR STUDIES

New study findings show that four in 10 undergraduates are rethinking their careers due to the pandemic.

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VIRTUAL IS THE NEW REALITY FOR HEALTHCARE

Paycare’s employee wellbeing package, Bundle, is being offered completely free until the end of November 2020 for Chamber members.

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10 QUESTIONS...

In this issue, we catch up with Sarah Moorhouse of BCRS Business Loans.

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WORDS FROM THE MAYOR: ANDY STREET

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street says we must support our veterans through this national crisis.

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BUSINESS VOICES

Jen Hicks-Jones of Higgs and Sons Solicitors looks at the recently announced changes to the planning system in England and Wales.

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BUSINESS VOICES

Leona Walker, Senior Associate at Forresters tells us what we need to know about Brexit and IP Rights.

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LEGAL ROUND-ROBIN

Lisa Kemp of Thursfields Solicitors highlights six of the best alternatives to redundancy and furlough winds down.

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