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Normal bookings will reopen on 28 September. Please check back for updates.
For the ABCC patrons Dinner on 28 September, please email A.Khan@birmingham-chamber.com to secure a place.
For training courses running between 25-27 September, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place.
For the Burton social networking event on 27 September, we will accept walk-ins on the day if you wish to attend.
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Businesses have faced unprecedented challenges in 2023 and continue to grapple with the impact of persistent economic shocks, that have already proven to be significant barriers to growth.
Research conducted by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce highlight the significant pressures that businesses currently face. According to the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Business Report for Q1 of 2023, half of the businesses surveyed across both Manufacturing and Services are expecting to raise their prices in Q2 of 2023. The main reasons cited by businesses for raising prices were labour costs (25%) cost of utilities (23%) and fuel costs (14%).
Indeed, energy efficiency remains a difficult topic for business leaders across the region. As a result, understanding the benefits of energy efficiency measures is vital. As highlighted by the International Energy Agency in their Energy Efficiency 2022 Report, stronger energy efficiency is the best policy to bring down bills.
Join this webinar to understand why energy bills have been persistently high and how businesses are incorporating energy efficiency measures, in response to rising energy bills.
10:00am: Event start
11:00am: Event close
Jonny Mobbs, Head of Sustainability, Midland Heart
Since leaving University as a postgraduate Jonny has worked across multiple organisations in private and public sectors leading on environment, energy and net zero strategy. He joined Midland Heart as Head of Sustainability in November 2021, in a new position within the organisation. His role is to lead net zero and sustainability strategy as we focus on being fit for the future today and develop our corporate plan beyond 2025.
Abbie Vlahakis, CEO, Millennium Point
I lead the Millennium Point team, ensuring best practices across both the property company and charitable trust.
Having graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), I spent the next 20 years advising many privately held UK businesses during my time at Grant Thornton and KPMG.
Capitalising on all my experience, I am delighted to now be leading the team at Millennium Point, focusing on driving our commercial strategy as a landlord and events provider, to generate funds to meet our charitable objective of supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the West Midlands.
I am extremely passionate about supporting and promoting STEM and creating as many opportunities as possible to support our future generation of innovators. The industries of the future are either STEM-focused or underpinned by STEM. As CEO of Millennium Point, I am determined to inspire more young people to enter STEM roles which will not only have a positive impact on the UK economy but on our young people and their families, with life-changing results.
Growing up in a South Wales mining village, I am hugely aware of the importance of creating opportunities for the next generation, and so I am delighted to be part of a region that will benefit from the great technological advances associated with HS2. With its imminent arrival, there is no better region to recognise and inspire the STEM leaders of the future than the West Midlands.
As well as CEO of Millennium Point, I am also an Academy Representative for Prince Albert High School in Birmingham.
Final speaker to be confirmed.
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This event has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the Sustainable Business Series. The Sustainable Business Series is the GBCC’s flagship campaign on environmental sustainability aiming to share best practice, guidance and knowledge on the measures businesses can take, and commercial benefits of, progressing to net zero.
In 2023, the Series contains a series of events and webinars taking place throughout September and October, culminating with the Sustainable Business Series Conference in November. Additionally, throughout the campaign, the Chambers will be producing podcasts and publishing blog content.
The Sustainable Business Series 2023 is sponsored by University College Birmingham and LLoyds Bank thanks to who, all events and content as part of the Sustainable Business Series have been made free to delegates.
A link to the online webinar will be emailed out to you