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It's time to reflect and recover, says Norfolk Chambers of Commerce




Over the past few months regardless of sector, you and your business will have spent time on that steep, ever shifting infamous learning curve.

With so much effort spent working on businesses during lockdown, rather than in them it raises the question, what did we learn? Are long-term strategies no longer applicable? With localised lockdowns a potential issue, how do you stay one step ahead when your business could be asked to stand still?

Is fluidity, ironically the key to strong foundations in this new climate?

Chris Sargisson, CEO of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce (29536465)
Chris Sargisson, CEO of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce (29536465)

The Covid-19 crisis has created disruption for every business across Norfolk and has been the catalyst for refocus and redirection.

With recent VE day celebrations echoing the Blitz spirit, business leaders and their staff have rolled up their digital sleeves, kept calm and carried on.

In this column, we have heard from our Norfolk Chambers of Commerce members in West Norfolk. With frank and honest discussions ranging from leadership to mindset and wellbeing, we have celebrated the positivity of the West Norfolk business community.

Norfolk Chambers is giving members the chance to have their say (41153645)
Norfolk Chambers is giving members the chance to have their say (41153645)

As Michael Baldwin, owner of The Bank House in Lynn told me in a recent chat: The good times will return, and when they do, we will celebrate and come together like we used to."

From wine merchants to aircraft manufacturers, motivational mind mappers to gentleman groomers, interior designers to creative design teams, the diversity is incredible and as I mentioned last month, now more than ever – we are here to support you.

We will be hearing over the next few months from some of our previous Chamber column members, and how they have navigated the Covid-19 challenges. Next month I will be catching up with Kathy Ennis, Director of Little Piggy. Kathy is a successful business mentor and author and recently collaborated with us on our virtual vents programme. Kathy presented one of her trademark webinars featuring her top tips for utilising LinkedIn – just one of the ways our members offer recovery support to each other.

Get involved.

We’re here to give you a voice, but we’re also here to listen, if you would like us to showcase your story, then get in touch and tell us more about you and your plans.



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