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Welcome to the first edition of Chamber News in 2017. We hope you all had a great break and are looking forward to a prosperous year ahead.

Throughout 2016, our Go For Growth campaign helped to raise the profile of a range of issues that could hold back our economic expansion and we will ensure that we continue to speak on behalf of business in the region throughout 2017.

CW Chamber appoints new President

A man who started life as an engineering apprentice is the new president of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber gears up for New Year rush

The start-up support team at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce are anticipating a rush of calls in the New Year as people look to follow their dream of being their own boss.

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Tourism industry set for £10-15million boost

Warwickshire's economy is set for a major boost this year with an additional £10-15million expected to be pumped into the county's tourist industry from increased visitor-numbers.

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WCG shortlisted for national TES FE awards

WCG is in the running for the two awards at the prestigious TES FE Awards 2017. The college group has been shortlisted in the Employer Engagement and Apprenticeship Programme of the Year at the annual awards.

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Local Stepnell apprentice wins top national award

Daniel Young, trainee computer-aided design technician for Rugby-based construction specialist Stepnell, has been named Apprentice of the Year at the National Federation of Builders (NFB) Annual Awards.

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Stratford attraction shortlisted for prestigious award

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Touch FM Pride of Stratford Awards 2017.

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Local business initiative heralded

The trio of people behind a pioneering business development have been invited back to celebrate its highly successful off-spring.

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Cycle ride sets wheels in motion for donation

A bike ride to commemorate a local company’s 80th anniversary has set the wheels in motion for a big boost for a regional grant-giving charity.

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UK City of Culture bid ideas callout

Coventrians could be sitting on a creative idea that could help win the bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021 – and the team behind the bid want to hear from you now! Coventry City of Culture Trust is calling on city people to come forward with their ideas early in the New Year which could be used in the cultural programme in 2021 should Coventry be successful.

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Manufacturers meet

A small group of manufacturers have met the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to discuss ways the organisation can help the sector even further.

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Businesses and MP working to improve region investment

The south Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce organised the session with the Stratford MP at town-based Pashley Cycles – and property, power and people were the main talking points.

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Aerospace firms land sky-high levels of turnover

Around £65 million turnover has been collectively generated in the past year by the Coventry and Warwickshire Aerospace Forum (CWAF) – an increase of 11 per cent year-on-year, creating 17 new positions for apprentices and interns.

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Trade investment with France seminar

Companies are invited to attend this free February seminar on trade and investment opportunities in France.

Take part in Pre-Budget Savings report survey

By 2020 Coventry City Council will have had a 55 per cent reduction in the government grant it has received since 2010 - the equivalent of £120m a year. In order to respond to this, Coventry City Council has been working to reduce its spending, as outlined in the Pre-Budget Report.

As part of the budget setting process, the council is asking for your views on savings proposals as set out in the pre budget report.

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Mayoral candidate meets the Chamber

West Midlands Combined Authority mayoral candidate Andy Street paid a visit to the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to discuss industry in the region.

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Building a Better Business: HR Recruitment Top Tips event

Hear from a panel of HR & Recruitment specialists who will share their top tips for businesses. We’re inviting you to an event to meet our experts to help you and your business succeed as you step into 2017.

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Support for the self-employed

A series of videos, webinars, e-learning and emails are available from HMRC for business owners.

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Water way to start the New Year

From April 2017, all non-domestic properties in England will have the opportunity to switch water supplier.

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