PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION
BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As we move into Autumn, the economic landscape of the region continues to be overshadowed by the impact of COVID-19 and the ever-approaching deadline of the end to the Brexit transition period.
The perennial challenges, which have traditionally limited growth and productivity, have been further exacerbated by the orbits of these eclipsing pressures and are never far from the top of anybody’s in-tray right now.
Around us though, a new way of working, operating, remaining focused and productive, is emerging as we learn to deal with these immediate challenges and look towards what comes next and the business response needed.
Fundamentally, what I hear most right now is that businesses are trying to do their best and demonstrate to the world that the Black Country remains dynamic and open for business as they start to make plans for 2021 and beyond.
As you would expect, the Chamber is leading the way and remains ready to support its members – from its role as the engine powering the forthcoming Black Country Business Festival, delayed due to lockdown but back with a renewed vigour and drive; through to its work developing opportunities to train and equip employees and leaders with the skills and insights to drive their business forward.
BUSINESS FESTIVAL STARTS THIS MONDAY!
The waiting is almost over! The third annual Black Country Business Festival gets underway on Monday 5th October.
The 2020 Festival welcomes almost 100 different events into its nine-day calendar.
There is so much to choose from, with everything from bringing your online business alive with VR; a virtual ‘meet the buyer’ event for the Midlands Met Hospital; International Tourism opportunities for the region; using electric vehicles for business; to a Third Week Wednesday online business festival special; how to protect your business against cyber threats… and so much more…!
This year features such a diverse, inspiring and exciting programme, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone. And with most events being digital this year, it is really easy to join and attend.
Tickets are free, but must still be booked in advance – and this can be done right up until the day before each event through the business festival website
So, take a look and see what’s on offer and grab the free, golden opportunities in the Business Festival to help your business and your people to learn, develop, share, network and grow.
For more information, to see the events and book tickets, visit the website
CHAMBER CELEBRATES BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS HEROES IN DIGITAL AWARDS
This year’s Black Country Chamber Business Awards will be celebrating the business heroes of the region at an all-digital award on Friday 13th November
The awards take on a slightly different look from usual but the Chamber are delighted to be able to extend their Black Country Heroes campaign to the Awards to formally recognise the outstanding efforts of the businesses and individuals in the Black Country since the pandemic began.
There has been a great response with nominations flooding in. Shortlisting is now taking place in the 13 categories in the awards:
1. Large Business
2. Small Business
3. Family Business
4. International Trade
5. Start-Up Business
6. Retail Resilience
7. Business Hero of the Year
8. Young Business Hero of the Year
9. Collaboration & Partnership
10. Outstanding Key Worker
Headline Sponsor - University of Wolverhampton Categories:
11. Adaptability & Innovation
12. Kindness in the Community
13. Exceptional Employee or Team
Headline Partner, the University of Wolverhampton has contributed three of the categories and will be judging these categories, too.