Great catch up at our last virtual evening event – Chair’s report

I thoroughly enjoyed last week’s Chamber get-together online via Zoom – not that I don’t enjoy the normal Breakfasts, of course, but sitting comfortably at home drinking wine and noting what other Chamber members had in their homes, while listening to the latest business advice and personal tales of Lockdown adventures proved a delightfully different way of spending an evening during the current lockdown. 

Not only did we pick up some interesting local gossip, we also heard how members are dealing with the coronavirus crisis, with one or two interesting diversifications (such as applying to become a “tracer and tracker”) and Mark Barham’s plans to re-open his stationery shop soon, with all the necessary social distancing.

And I believe we all benefited from the update and advice provided by our guest, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce business adviser Koyas Miah, as well as the discussion afterwards when he was able to answer most of the questions put to him. He also pointed out that there was a lot of information that members could access on the Suffolk Chamber’s website.

Other subjects discussed during the relaxed evening included how people were coping with the lockdown curbs on business, grant funding and new ventures, as well as a proposed project to help promote local businesses in conjunction with Fresh Gold Radio and Chamber member Barry Garnham. 

There was also a lot of interest in training for the “new normal”, with corporate training consultant Jane Warden speaking about the importance of training for both employers and employees in remote management and time management when working at home. She has agreed to conduct a free training taster course for members via Zoom soon (details for this and the Radio project in our next newsletter).

I hope we will see you at the next Zoom get-together, because I am sure you will enjoy the chance in these unusual times to chat to other members and swap ideas and tips in a relaxed atmosphere online in the comfort of your own home. You are likely to pick up a load of new ideas and inspiration – and you don’t have to worry about “social distancing,” or getting up early!

Meanwhile, take care and stay safe, Roger

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