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 - Meet the Buyer

30th April 2014

In partnership with Walsall Council this aims at encouraging local procurement by introducing buyers to companies in the local area, and to help suppliers understand the range and scope of purchasing available locally. The style will be a relaxed round table style with a mixture of short presentations and focused meetings. This is a great chance to widen your contacts and update your contact lists.
Attending will be Defence Suppliers’ Service - the Ministry of Defence’s focal point for the provision of advice and guidance to companies wishing to sell their products and services to the MOD - who spend £18.58 billion a year in procuring a wide variety of products and services.   Walsall Council Property Services procurement team, The Accord Group and George Koch Sons Europe Ltd - a world leader in the design, construction and installation of finishing systems who supply manufacturers including Ford Motor Company, Nissan, General Motors, Bentley, B.M.W., Honda, Jaguar, LandRover, JCB, NACCO, and Airbus.  It is our aim to introduce Suppliers to key large organisations in the Walsall area so attend with your business cards
10am - 12noon including a brunch bap.
FREE to PassPort Holders
£10 + VAT for Chamber members ...

The Directors Toolkit

30th April 2014

GTG Training has devised a toolkit to provide local company directors and business owners with the fundamental tools and knowledge that all businesses require in the efficient operation of their organisation.
Their aim is to provide sound, practical advice and solutions for the widest range of day to day operational issues across six workshops which run from 7:30am until 9:30am on the dates below. This is also an opportunity to discuss your specific business matters with other delegates and the trainer.

Toolkit dates:
1 Health and Safety Requirements 30/04/14

2 Hiring the Right People 28/05/14

3 Duties as a Director 25/06/14

4 Dismissing Efficiently 30/07/14

5 Handling a Diverse Team 24/09/14

6 Administration of Your Company 29/10/14

GTG Training Academy & Conference Centre,
Bearing Drive,
West Midlands, WV11 3SZ

£ 250 + VAT
(10% off the above course for members of Black Country Chamber of Commerce)

To book your place

Unvented Hot Water - BMET

30th April 2014

This one day course is intended for plumbers and heating engineers. It is also very useful for anyone working with solar thermal hot water.
There are no entry requirements for this course but it is primarily aimed at those already working in the plumbing and heating industry and already have knowledge of the fundamental requirements of hot and cold water systems and central heating systems.
You will be provided with a self-study pack at least two weeks before the course. The unit is assessed by a multiple choice question paper.

Course Content:
    Water fittings
    System design and installation
    Hot and cold water services

James Watt campus,
Aldridge Road,
Great Barr,
Birmingham B44 8NE


ATC Waterfront Business Park,
Brierley Hill DY5 1LX

Course cost: £192.50

Further information and to book place

Black Country Enterprise Grant Fund (Private Sector Funding)

11th April 2014

The Balck Country Enterprise Grant Fund (BCEF) are pleased to announce that they are registering interest from new clients for grant funding from the BCEF.
To find out if your company may be eligible to bid for an Enterprise Grant from BCEF, visit the How to Apply page.

Chamber Networks - The Myths and Reallity of Automatic Enrolment & Workplace Pensions Law

9th April 2014

Networking introductions followed by a presentation. The event is the chance for the Pensions Regulator to separate Myth and Reality. The presentation takes away the mystery of what exactly you do have to do, and in some cases what you do not have to do!
This is a repeat of the Pensions Regulator event which we held last November and proved invaluable to many of the companies attending. What better use of your time or your finance manager’s time than to hear about the automatic enrolment process in person. Find out where there is more information and how to access it -  from flow charts to websites the necessary information is available - When you know where to look.
7am – 9am and includes breakfast baps and networking introductions
FREE to PassPort Holders
£10 + VAT for Chamber members and £20 + VAT for non-members
Himley Hotel, School Lane, Himley, Dudley, DY3 4LG
Further information and booking

The Essentail Guide to Letters of Credit

8th April 2014

Are you receiving Letters of Credit from customers in new or challenging markets? Do you find the Letter of Credit process cumbersome, time consuming and expensive? Delegates will receive training in a highly interactive, practical and engaging format delivered by an experienced practitioner.  Our Export Workshops 2014 are sponsored by the Midlands based GMS Group. 

For more information and to reserve your place
9:30am – 4:30pm including refreshments
£200 + VAT for Chamber members and £250 + VAT non-members including refreshments
Managed Serviced Offices, Vision Point, Vaughan Trading Estate, Sedgley Road East, DY4 7UU

Chamber Networks

2nd April 2014

Our Chamber Networks meetings combine the best of networking with a chance to meet up with your connections, to make new business contacts and to hear a short presentation on a subject that we have chosen to be of interest for you. This morning will include a short talk by UKTI, the government department that supports local companies to develop skills and expertise to trade successfully overseas. Hear how their comprehensive range of export services can help businesses to achieve their goals. Combined with plenty of networking opportunities to meet a wide range of companies.
10am – 12noon and includes light refreshment
FREE to PassPort Holders
£10 + VAT for Chamber members and £20 + VAT for non-members
Park Inn Birmingham West M5 Jct 1,
West Bromwich, B70 6RS

To book your place

Manufacturing Links

1st April 2014

The practicality of Total Productive Maintenance in the real world – how relevant is it to the SME manufacturer  and can it truly save money?  How Black Country manufacturers are helping build a new Steam locomotive” Kevin West, Design Engineer describes the task to build a new LMS Patriot express passenger steam locomotive from the original 1930 Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design. The locomotive will be capable of running on the mainline once finished. It is being built using the surviving original drawings combined with today’s modern CAD design, machining and process technologies, with many major parts being manufacturing at sites around the Black Country.
7:30am – 9:30am
Free for manufacturers (non manufacturers by invitation from the Steering Group)
The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ

For further information and booking