Business Crime Newsletter

20th August 2015

The latest Business Bulletin from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner can be viewed here

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Broadband Scheme

7th August 2015

Broadband Connection Voucher scheme
Your business could get up to £3k towards faster and better broadband, through the Broadband ... more »


Chamber NETworks

25th April 2013

Holiday Inn M6 Junction 10, 20 Wolverhampton Rd West, Bentley, Walsall, WS2 0BS

Every day if we are lucky we meet new people and have new experiences and every one of these can lead to a new opportunity. Sometimes we have to create these opportunities ourselves and this is why we have created ChamberNETworks because Chamber Networking does work. We want to know “Who would you would like to meet” so that together we can try to create an opportunity for each of you.
We will have an ice breaking start to the meeting with a bit of fun around who you do want to meet”.
Plus there is an chance to find out about a local Champion and see their tools of the trade.
Black Country Chamber of Commerce networking events are good for business. Our events are the perfect place to find the people that you would like to meet. Attend our events and mix with potential suppliers, possible customers and future contacts. Bring your business cards and your wanted list of items and services that you need to buy – by keeping business in the Black Country we can all help each other.

£10 + VAT for ...

Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI)

23rd April 2013

A £19m fund for businesses located within the Black Country, Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and Liverpool within the automotive and aerospace supply chains. Businesses can apply individually, or as part of a consortium for loans and grants from £100k for:
• Purchase of capital equipment
• Working capital
• Research and development
• Training and skills development that supports the project
The fund is open-ended and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis (subject to assessment). Projects must focus on job creation and applications will be assessed by the Independent Investment Board on a rolling monthly basis.

Visit or call 0121 233 4917 for further information.

Chamber 5 a side Charity Cup

23rd April 2013

Powerleague Halesowen, Park Road, Halesowen, B63 2RG

Celebrate St Georges Day with a 5-a-side Charity Cup at Powerleague Halesowen’s purpose built facilities. The site has 6 outdoor 5 a side pitches and a 7 a side pitch plus a comfortable bar and function room for the all important networking.
Each team will play a minimum of 3 round robin group games with knockout rounds following the group stages leading to the final.
Your booking fee includes fantastic prizes including trophies for the winners and runners up.
There will be post event pizzas in the bar (free for the teams) and plenty of networking opportunities.
Spectators are very welcome and additional pizzas can be ordered and paid for on the day.
Book now as these events do sell out!

Powerleague Halesowen will donate £25 from each team to their chosen Charity - Mary Stevens Hospice (registered charity no. 517656.)

£50 + VAT per team for Chamber members and guests and £65 + VAT per team non-members. 


Economic Data

23rd April 2013

The index of production data for February provided some welcome news for the UK economy with industrial output rising by 1.0%. Output increased in all production sectors for the first time since July 2012. Manufacturing output rose by 0.8% for the month, while output from mining and quarrying rose by 2.8% and by 1.3% from the energy sector.

However, the latest trade figures released on the same day revealed that the UK’s trade deficit increased significantly from £2.5bn in January to £3.6bn in February. The UK's weak trade position in the month was driven by a deficit of £9.4bn on goods, only partly offset by an estimated surplus of £5.8bn on services.

Statistics released by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) revealed world trade growth fell to 2.0% in 2012 (down from 5.2% in 2011). The deceleration of trade was attributed to slow growth in developed economies and uncertainty over the future of the euro. Deteriorating output and high unemployment in developed countries reduced imports and lowered export growth in both developed and developing economies.

Improved economic prospects for the US in 2013 should only ...

Real Time Information for PAYE

23rd April 2013

On 6 April employers across the UK started reporting their PAYE information to HMRC in real time. HMRC issued clarification on submitting P45 and P46 forms following a number of queries from employers mandated to operate PAYE in real time on or before 6 April. It has also updated its guidance on the PAYE starter process.

PAYE returns are electronically required each time a payment is made, as part of routine payroll processes. Employers operating their own payroll will need to consider and take the appropriate action to update their payroll software, obtain new software or, where an agent or payroll bureaux is used, discuss the changes with their provider.

For those who still need to take action:
Go to which is designed to help firms choose the best payroll option.
Update employee records so that they are ready to start reporting in real time. also offers a range of support and guidance including web pages, YouTube videos and live Q&A webinars.

Please email queries or requests for additional information to