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How to avoid a freightful forwarder

By Paul Hull | KMB Shipping Group

With over 1500 freight forwarders in the UK, you may find yourself spoilt for choice when choosing who to trust your cargo with. At KMB, we’ve put together a few tips to help make the journey as smooth as possible. Proven Track Record In the freight forwarding industry the length of time a company has been trading is a good indication of their success. As with any business, happy customers equal repeat customers, so if a freight forwarder has been around for decades rather than months, chances are they know what they’re doing. SUITABLE INSURANCE You wouldn’t go abroad yourself without insurance, so why risk sending your goods abroad without it? Ensure the freight forwarder you select has...

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The introduction of T Levels

By Emily Stubbs | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

On 11 October, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced that the first three T levels in Digital, Construction and Education and Childcare will be taught from 2020. The full set of T levels will be introduced by 2022. This follows directly from an independent panel review last year, chaired by Lord Sainsbury. The review concluded that the existing education system was too complex and included too many qualifications which didn’t provide young people with the necessary skills to enter the workforce. Criticism of the existing technical education system has often included discussions that it is unresponsive and suffers from a lack of engagement with employers. The Sainsbury report also linked...

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Impact of Apprenticeship Levy funding on employers and training providers

By Emily Stubbs | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

The Department of Education has launched a short survey on the impact of recent reforms to apprenticeship funding. The survey focusses on the impact of Apprenticeship levy funding on employers and training providers. It  can be found here, and closes on 3rd October. We would encourage all businesses to complete it, so that the Chamber can improve our understanding of the impact the levy is having in the Greater Birmingham region. There has, for a long time, been serious concern regarding skills gaps - particularly in the Greater Birmingham region. It is the hope of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce – and many others - that the Apprenticeship levy will help fill these by reinvigorating...

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The future of dispute resolution – a call for clarity

By Steve Allen | Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve dispute resolution partner Steve Allen considers the implications of the Government’s paper on ‘Civil judicial co-operation framework – a future partnership paper’ UK government’s publication of its policy paper on resolving cross border disputes published this week should receive a welcome but guarded response from West Midlands businesses. The principle that post-Brexit, Whitehall hopes to agree a process close to the current reciprocal system, which allows for simpler and faster resolution of cross-border disputes, is of vital importance – especially to Midlands firms with EU trade relations. The EU is the region’s biggest trading partner and at present, 47% of exports from...

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Public consultation – the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems

By Emily Stubbs | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

A public consultation document has been published on the implementation of the European Union’s Directive on the Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS). The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are now looking to collate a response from our members. The NIS directive addresses the increase in the frequency, magnitude and impact of attacks on network and information systems, given the economic and societal impact such a security incident could have on Member States and the European Union as a whole. Recent crises have included the 2017 worldwide WannaCry attack, the 2016 attacks on US water utilities, and the 2015 attack on Ukraine’s electricity network. Network and information...

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Volunteer mentoring benefits all round

By Debbie Griffiths | Aston University/Ideal Worldsmiths

Aston University is proud to be a Patron of both the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce. This blog was written by one of our mentors on the Professional Mentoring Scheme, Debbie Griffiths, Managing Director of Ideal Worldsmiths. I can’t believe it’s been three years since we first applied for Aston University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme. How time flies when you’re having fun. And how different each mentoring relationship can be. At first, I was more nervous than my partner about mentoring. He had way more experience than me of one-to-one coaching, whereas the former teacher in me was happiest training a group. So why do it? Lots of reasons,...

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British business must plug productivity with leadership and investment

By Glenn Caton | Mondelēz International

  Speaking last week, the Governor of the Bank of England highlighted that uncertainty over Brexit means some businesses are not investing. Since the EU referendum last year, businesses he said “have invested much less aggressively than usual in response to an otherwise very favourable environment”. The Governor’s comments coincided with the Bank’s decision to keep interest rates at 0.25% and to lower this year’s  growth forecast slightly, from 1.9% to 1.7%. The Governor was warning that the impact of Brexit is beginning to bite. So what should we do as business leaders? We can take some comfort from the recent Purchasing Managers’ Index survey which showed stronger growth in the manufacturing...

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Brexit, contracts and exchange rates

By Jayne Hussey | Mills & Reeve

For many businesses, the most instant impact of Brexit has been from fluctuations in the value of pound sterling. Here Jayne Hussey, Mills & Reeve, gives her advice on how businesses can reduce risks associated with currency fluctuations. Mills & Reeve are a member of the GBCC Brexit Advisory Group (click here for more information). Currency fluctuations - contractual protections are key to ensuring stability and profitability The main issue facing supply and purchasing arrangements for the foreseeable future is uncertainty. The Brexit negotiations are underway and while agreements made will undoubtedly have a number of positive and negative consequences, in the short-term businesses are...

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GBCC Board Member: Liz McKenzie

By Liz McKenzie | GBCC

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are delighted to welcome our new board members: Saqib Bhatti (Younis Bhatti & Co), Steve Allen (Mills & Reeve) and Liz McKenzie (Wesleyan). This week we are asking our new board members to share their stories with you, our members, and how they hope to help our Chamber go continue to thrive and connect, support & grow local businesses. Here Liz, McKenzie, Chief Operating Officer, Wesleyan, NED GBCC, shares her story: I’m delighted to join the Board of the GBCC, here’s a bit about me and how I hope to contribute. I started my career as a Production Engineer, at the business that sponsored me through Loughborough University.  It was a great business,...

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GBCC board member: Saqib Bhatti

By Saqib Bhatti | GBCC

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are delighted to welcome our new board members: Saqib Bhatti (Younis Bhatti & Co), Steve Allen (Mills & Reeve) and Liz McKenzie (Wesleyan). This week we are asking our new board members to share their stories with you, our members, and how they hope to help our Chamber go continue to thrive and connect, support & grow local businesses. First Saqib Bhatti, Director, Younis Bhatti & co, NED GBCC & VP Birmingham Chamber of Commerce shares his story: My earliest recollection of the Birmingham Chamber is from when I was 8 or 9. It was the Institute of Asian Businesses Annual Dinner and my father was the Chairman giving the keynote speech at the International...

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