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People Campaign

Access to people is one of the biggest issues facing our business communities. Firms of all sizes and sectors are grappling with skills shortages, falling productivity and the changing nature of the workplace.

Multiple changes to the skills system, varying quality training and resources and an evolving working environment mean that UK business struggle to find the right people for their teams. Chamber research shows that over half of UK businesses say the time taken to fill average vacancies is longer than five years ago.

The Chamber Network is working with government, businesses, academics and employees to address these crucial issues by focusing on three key areas:

  • 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 via Business Showcase Days. 
  • Championing progressive employment by encouraging and enabling firms to adapt their working practices in order to attract new and diverse talent.
​​Workplace Training and Development Commission

​​Workplace Training and Development Commission

This UK-wide, policy-led Commission will create a strategy to make the skills system work better for business. It will focus on:

  • Opportunities to support and incentivise businesses in training, upskilling and re-skilling.
  • Developing the adult workforce (i.e. employees over the age of 25) already in work.
  • Practical and pragmatic recommendations for policy development, spanning the next 10-15 years.

Our Commissioners are high profile, influential thinkers and leaders in their field and in the skills arena.

The Commission’s first Call for Evidence is now closed. Contact Jane Gratton for more information.


Business Showcase Days

Business Showcase Days

February sees the launch of Business Showcase Days! This national initiative will open the doors of Chambers and businesses to their local communities, providing a chance for people to see first-hand the range of different career paths on offer in local businesses.

Chambers tell us that businesses across the UK are struggling to attract and retain homegrown talent, and that school and college leavers aren’t aware of the job prospects in local firms. Chambers of Commerce are uniquely placed to help their local communities thrive and introduce them to the career opportunities in local companies.

Business Showcase Days will also help Chambers build connections with local schools and colleges and position Chambers at the forefront of harnessing and developing local talent.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Faye Busby.

​Championing a Flexible Working Culture

​Championing a Flexible Working Culture

The third phase of the campaign will be to support business in the recruitment and retention of a skilled and diverse workforce. Our research found a 39% increase in the number of employees requesting flexible working arrangements compared to two years ago. To be launched in 2020, the flexible working initiative will provide firms with the guidance and resources to create modern, flexible working environments for all employees.

The focus is to enable firms to recruit from a wider talent pool and retain workers who might otherwise leave the business by helping firms establish their own flexible working policies.

Together our campaign will celebrate, support and develop the people at the heart of our business community.

There are numerous ways to get involved, so get in touch with the Chamber team today!

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