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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

Today (26 September) Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and the wider British Chambers of Commerce network launched a new campaign to celebrate, support and develop the most important part of any business – its 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 53-strong accredited 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 elements:

  • 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

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber welcomed this initiative:  “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.

“Suffolk Chamber, in particular, understands 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.

“Our ground-breaking partnership with Public Health Suffolk – Improving Workplace Health – shows just how innovative and engaged Suffolk businesses are in supporting the broader needs of their people. I’m confident that Suffolk will be at the very heart of this national campaign.”

Article by Suffolk Chamber