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JULY 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 International Trade and hear news and views from business owners around the region.

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CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Sarah Thompson

EDITOR'S WORD

An introduction to this digital edition of PROSPER Magazine from the editor, Sarah Thompson.

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REGIONAL REVIEW

Black Country Chamber CEO, Corin Crane shares his monthly regional video 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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INTERNATIONAL TRADE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT

From the Black Country to the World: 10 Pages of feature articles looking at International Business and the opportunities available to Black Country firms.

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BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS HEROES

We focus on the Black Country businesses that are going the extra mile to help during COVID-19.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

All the latest news from the Black Country business community.

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THE MISSING £4BN: MAKING R&D WORK

Innovation foundation NESTA, discuss the need for UK R&D to address its imbalances and shortcomings.

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A PANDEMIC WITHIN A PANDEMIC

How the forecasted economic downturn could breed a cataclysmic wave of fraudulent activity within the global supply chain.

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FUTURISTIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS BEING DEVELOPED IN WEST MIDLANDS

Transport for West Midlands, West Midlands 5G and Vodafone have signed an agreement to create transport systems that will improve travel around the region.

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MANUFACTURERS CONFIDENCE BUILDER OR BREAKER?

As the UK begins to rebuild its businesses and works toward rebuilding the economy, we ask has COVID-19 caused professionals to lack confidence?

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JOY AS THE BLACK COUNTRY IS DECLARED UNESCO GLOBAL GEOSPARK

The Black Country celebrated earlier this month after being officially designated a UNESCO Global Geopark, following ten years of preparations.

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CHICKEN FEET AND PIGS' TROTTERS LED TO £10M BUSINESS  

Maxine Laceby, had just turned 50 when she first began simmering chicken feet and pigs' trotters into a home-made broth just three years ago.

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IS IT TIME TO QUIT YOUR JOB?  

TopCV has revealed that 65% of working UK professionals would consider leaving their job, largely as a result of poor treatment by their employer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WE’LL NEED MORE THAN HOT AIR TO GET US OUT OF THIS CRISIS  

Beverley Nielson talks about her work with Ultra Light Rail Partnersthe and how green gas, biomethane could power part of the solution?.

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PEOPLE CONSIDERING PRIVATE HEALTHCARE ALMOST DOUBLES  

Demand for health insurance as an employee benefit is also on the rise as a result of COVID-19.

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WORDS FROM THE MAYOR  

Mayor of The West Midlands, Andy Street calls for investment and innovation to power Black Country recovery.

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BUSINESS VOICES  

We hear from local business experts with thoughts on the current manufacturing landscape and tax system reforms 

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LEGAL ROUND-ROBIN  

Implementing contract changes to get your business back on track.

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