As I write, the thoughts of the Chamber Board members and many others in the business community are with Colin Daniels, Chief Executive of the Chamber for over 25 years, who is seriously ill. We all send him and his family our best wishes.
The Warrington Chamber Bank of England Panel met last week at which a group of key business leaders reported on the current state of their businesses. Some concerns were expressed based on national press reports but their own business reports were mainly distinctly upbeat.
Actions to protect their organisations implemented by both the Government and their managements had generally exceeded expectations in achieving healthier trading positions than anticipated earlier in the Covid Crisis. Export Documentation prepared by Warrington Chamber, and the four Chambers in Cheshire all show a very sharp upturn in the last couple of months.
There are still some very real concerns, and some sectors will feel greater pain than others. Retraining will be needed for some employees to accommodate changing needs and their will certainly be higher levels of redundancies in some industries than normal. Other local businesses will be recruiting to respond positively to the new opportunities presented.
To add significant impetus, Warrington Borough Council are responding very positively to the “Warrington Town Deal” offered by the Government to implement £100 million of transformational projects.
Don’t forget the Chamber is here to help you, and a solution to any problems you might have can lie in a solution to a contrary problem that another local business is facing!