Chamber Network launches campaign to support the people at the heart of local business community

30 Sep 2019

Published in: British Chambers of Commerce News

Chamber Network launches campaign to support the people at the heart of local business community

Chamber Network launches campaign to support the people at the heart of local business community


The British Chambers of Commerce and the wider Chamber Network has launched a new campaign to celebrate, support and develop the most important part of any business – it’s people.

Chambers will be working with government, academics, business communities and employees, to make the UK a more productive, attractive and modern place to work.

At a time of critical levels of skills shortages, weak productivity and increasing changes in the way people work, the Chamber Network is launching a campaign to address these crucial issues.

Chamber research shows that around three-quarters of UK firms trying to recruit are having difficulties finding the right person for the role, with some positions sitting empty for as long as six months.

At the same time, many employers are thinking about the kinds of skills they’ll need in their teams in the future.

Skills shortages put a brake on business competitiveness, growth opportunities and productivity so addressing the issue is crucial. Investing in talent will not only benefit people but local business communities and the wider economy.


The campaign will have three key chapters:

• Shaping policy through the work of a new Workplace Training and Development Commission

• Showcasing the range of diverse career paths on offer in towns and cities across the UK through Business Showcase Days

• Championing a flexible working culture by encouraging firms to adapt their working practices in order to attract new and diverse talent


Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said: “At the heart of every great business is great people. Finding, retaining and training talent is a core issue for firms of all sizes and sectors.

Chambers understand how important it is for businesses to have access to a flexible and skilled talent pool, so getting the training and development system right in this country is absolutely crucial.

“The Chamber Network is made up of a diverse and innovative collection of local businesses, and there are so many great career opportunities in the Black Country. This campaign is all about bringing together business, government and employees to ensure local and national economies are attractive and productive places to work.”


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Notes to editors: The three chapters of the campaign will be:

• A new Workplace Training and Development Commission: bringing together employers and academics to identify the barriers to business investment in skills. Focusing on the training, up-skilling and re-skilling of people age 25 years and over, the Commission will identify areas of best practice and recommend policy changes spanning a 10-15 year timeframe.

• Business Showcase Days: focused on addressing business concerns about the loss of skills from local areas to larger cities and regions, the campaign will support businesses to open their doors to their local communities to showcase the wide range of career opportunities available.  

• Championing a flexible working culture by encouraging firms to adapt their working practices in order to attract new and diverse talent: supporting business in the recruitment and retention of a skilled and diverse workforce.

The flexible working initiative will provide firms with the guidance and resources to create modern, flexible working environments for all employees.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful network of 53 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors. Our Global Business Network connects exporters with over 50 markets around the world.

For more information,

visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

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