Chief Executive of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Richard Sheehan addresses the challenges of the ‘Pingdemic’ in the latest edition of Your Chamber, Your Voice.

Introducing the September/October, printed by Welshpool Printing Group, Richard says: “As if this year isn’t enough, we now have the Pingdemic to deal with.

“With many businesses facing difficulties recruiting, the last thing anyone needs is further losses of staff, just at the time opportunities to do business are freeing up.

“Be assured our Westminster team are kicking down the ministerial doors to make sure that policy makers fully understand the consequences of their actions and the need to act quickly and with clarity, to mitigate the issues.”

Awards

The brochure includes a profile on Beth Heath, owner of Shropshire Festivals, which scooped an award for Business Chameleon at the National Business Women’s Awards 2021 in Wembley, London. During the pandemic, unable to hold their usual festivals, the business held a drive-in series of events, launched a new hamper business, built up the online directory – Shropshire Food and Drink – united the nation with Carols on the Doorstep and grew their sister business – marketing agency, Shropshire ThinkTank.

And the Chamber lends its support to a project to commission a new sculpture, recognising the sacrifices made by the county through the Covid 19 pandemic.

Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, is hoping to raise £16,000 towards the bronze sculpture created by Paul Kennedy to be placed in The Abbey, Shrewsbury.

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