September – Back to school month?

Posted by Paul Cherpeau

Chief Executive

Wed 11th, Sep

September feels like a ‘back to school’ month both literally and figuratively and, despite an incredibly busy August, we’re excited at the prospect of a developing programme of events, campaigns and initiatives taking place this side of Christmas and into our 170th anniversary year in 2020.

We’re here to enable our businesses to connect, support and thrive, hence the creation of our new branding and the refreshing of our events programme and membership service portfolio in the coming months.

You can read all about our upcoming events in tomorrow’s newsletter but would encourage members to participate in our upcoming ‘Extraordinary Conversation’ with Richard Harpham (Escape Hunt CEO) and our Annual Dinner with Karen Blackett OBE (Chair of Mediacom). We’re aiming to bring the best and the brightest to Liverpool and provide influence, insight and inspiration to members.

We’ve got campaigns lined up around talent, transport and trade activity which will benefit all members over the coming months and we look forward to your participation and support in them.

 

Quarterly Economic Survey – Four minutes well spent

The Quarterly Economic Survey may sound interminably dull but it’s a crucial piece of evidence to support the Chambers’ ability to present an evidence base to government and the Bank of England regarding business sentiment, performance and outlook. It impacts upon the setting of interest rates and is a key source of data for regional and national strategic policy decisions (even in these times).

We want to have a good response from local companies to inform this picture – if you are in a position to complete the survey on behalf of your business (and have not already done so) please do so prior to Monday 16th September. It takes four minutes.

We’ll present the results on 25th October at our quarterly business breakfast and the British Chambers will present the aggregated anonymised data to government later this month. Your input genuinely helps and does have a material impact on the decisions made which impact upon business.

You can access the most recent report here along with our latest monthly economic outlook here.

Complete the survey here

 

Chamber’s Brexit Hub Refresh – Our resource to help you prepare for the future

Yes we’re all sick of it, but Brexit continues to loom large for all businesses. British Chambers of Commerce have updated the information on their ‘Brexit Hub’ resource page.

The Brexit hub contains access to a ‘Business Brexit Checklist’ which companies can use to perform a Brexit readiness assessment – an increasingly desirable course of action for organisations whether they trade overseas or not.

The resource also contains a Risk Register and ‘unanswered questions on No Deal’. They are all accessible through the hub.

British Chambers of Commerce are continuing to report case studies, testimonials and issues raised by businesses from across the UK. If you have specific insights you can share concerning your Brexit preparedness or impacts upon your workforce, investment plans or operations please share with us at policy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

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