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Check out our blogs section where Chamber representatives, members and high-profile business figures write about a range of topics. If you are a member and want to submit a blog, please click here.

BER20: Evolving and adapting to change

By Rebecca Riley | City-REDI/University of Birmingham

This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource for informing research, policy and investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 5 of the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020, Birmingham on the World Stage: The Attractiveness of the City Pre- and Post- Pandemic. Click here to read the Review. The world and Birmingham has changed significantly since last...

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BER20: Innovation - leading the industry in venue safety standards during pandemic

By Nicola Young | NEC Group

This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource for informing research, policy and investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 5 of the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020, Birmingham on the World Stage: The Attractiveness of the City Pre- and Post- Pandemic. Click here to read the Review. This has been an exceptionally challenging year for the live...

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BER20: A green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

By Anita Lloyd | Squire Patton Boggs

This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource for informing research, policy and investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 4 of the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020, on Connecting Communities: What Next for the Region’s Infrastructure? Click here to read the Review. 2020 has seen unprecedented disruption from the global coronavirus disease...

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Monitor, assess and adjust

By Chadd Blunt | Millennium Cargo

I’ve been in business a long time. I’ve made some mistakes. But I’ve learned from them, refined the business and kept pushing forwards.It’s what you have to do as a business owner.Monitor, assess and adjust.It’s simple. One of the basics in business.But it never ceases to amaze me just how many business owners don’t even get the basics right.Just before the latest lockdown was announced I decided to get some work done in my garden.Now, you might remember from my blog back in April, that gardening is not my thing.The last time I tried to spruce up the garden myself I ended up hitting the deck and spending several painful weeks feeling sorry for myself - I never did find out if my ribs really...

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Preparing yourself as a business for the demand of Black Friday

By Liam Walker | Varistha

Black Friday is the informal signalling that the Christmas shopping season has begun and is widely considered as the biggest shopping event of the year. It appears the day after Thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday of November, meaning this year it begins on the 27th. Black Friday has become so relevant for businesses who can increase sales with the huge amount of traffic expected. There’s a high importance for businesses to market their products and ensure that their websites and ecommerce channels, which should gain a large response, is clear and easy to use for the customer. Putting these pieces together can really make the difference for businesses who are looking to increase their...

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The truth about iPhone water damage

By Joe Bromley | iMendMacs

Many people’s worst nightmare is seeing their iPhone fall into water. It could be falling into the sea, pool or worse yet the toilet. Water and electrics are not best friends. However, it’s crucial that you understand that not all accidents with an iPhone and water are fatal. Act Swiftly You’ll probably think that this is just common sense to grab your phone as soon is it drops into the water; however, some people would just stare at their iPhone in disbelief. When you get your phone out of the water, first you should take the battery out or turn the phone off to save the electronics. Also remove the sim card and dry it along with the battery and the phone. The myth about putting the device...

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BER20: Innovation in transport

By Daljit Kalirai | National Express

This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource for informing research, policy and investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 4 of the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020, on Connecting Communities: What Next for the Region’s Infrastructure? Click here to read the Review. Lockdown All through lockdown, National Express West Midlands carried hundreds...

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How useful can be the effects of animation in e-learning?

By Reza Pazhoheshnia | Star IT Euro

With advancement in technology, e-learning developers are on a constant mission to make e-content suitable for the tech-savvy learners of today. Especially in the corporate world, learners can access e-courses through a variety of devices – laptops, mobiles, tablets or smartphones. They also have easy and constant internet connectivity – which opens the avenue to deliver media-rich content that has a strong impact on the learner. There is a lot that can be done in terms of a suitable media strategy for your e-course. A popular and affordable option is that of ANIMATION. It is a known fact that animations are a powerful tool in training as they can grab the learners’ attention instantly. On the...

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The appeal of vending machines in a post-Covid world

By Alistair Ward | Coinadrink Limited

Vending has certainly adapted a lot over the years, with grander designs, more intuitive user interfaces and higher quality hot drinks. And as the world looks set to change forever due to COVID-19, we have explored how vending may look once the pandemic has ceased. Whenever that may be. The hygienic foundations of a vending machine In many ways, vending was as well prepared as it could be prior to the pandemic. Certainly, using a vending machine contains fewer touch points than using the kettle, and the rapid dispense times ensure there’s no congregating around the machine. Then there’s contactless payments, which had already made an appearance prior to the pandemic. As of the time of this...

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BER:20: Why HS2 will be transformational for the UK and the West Midlands

By Mark Thurston | HS2

This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource for informing research, policy and investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 4 of the Birmingham Economic Review for 2020, on Connecting Communities: What Next for the Region’s Infrastructure? Click here to read the Review. The HS2 project will be transformative both for the UK and for the West Midlands....

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