Keynote Speaker Announced | Pledge Virtual Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for our upcoming Pledge Virtual Awards event on Thursday, October 15, is Natalia Cohen, who was one of the first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean. Natalia will be sharing her extraordinary story and explaining how the lessons she learnt about leadership, teamwork and mental resilience can be applied to your business.

Natalia’s Journey

With 15 years of experience of living and working in over 50 countries, Natalia Cohen has chosen to follow an unusual and fascinating path.

Her broad range of professional experience within the travel industry includes adventure tour leading, operations management, teaching/training, volunteer and project coordination, as well as working within the Super Yacht industry and Eco-lodge management, running a remote Safari lodge in Tanzania. Natalia is no stranger to being outside of her comfort zone and has made an art of embracing and adapting to change. Her understanding of team dynamics, the importance of a positive mindset and the ability to live in the moment led her to become part of the first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean.

Natalia and the crew completed this challenge in January 2016 setting two world records and gaining an international following. This was a journey of just under 9,000 miles from San Francisco, the USA to Cairns, Australia in a 29ft ocean rowing boat. The expedition was not only a challenge of extreme conditions and perseverance but also a journey within to better understand the strength of human spirit, the importance of being aligned with your values, a positive mindset, the diversity within a team and enjoying the journey.

Natalia’s vision is to empower others to reach their potential, push through their self-limiting mental boundaries and meet and overcome the challenges that life throws at them.

She may have crossed her literal Pacific, but we all have our own Pacific to cross.

You can hear about Natalia’s experience first-hand by booking your company’s space at our 2020 virtual awards presentation. You can find the event booking form here. For more information please contact Lauren Darby.

Bookings for 2020 Pledge Awards Now Open

We are delighted to announce that bookings for our 2020 Pledge Awards virtual presentation ceremony are now open.

The 2020 Pledge Awards will be held online on Thursday, October 15 at 1 pm, and will be an opportunity to come together (safely!) to recognise your hard work and dedication to improved health and safety performance.

Registration is per company meaning unlimited numbers of employees can attend. The cost to access the event is dependant on company size. A link to join the event will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Further information about the programme will be issued shortly!

You can find the event booking form here. For more information please contact Lauren Darby.

New Customs Declaration Service for Members

The British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) has partnered with the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce to offer our members across the UK a service for Customs Declarations which will be delivered through Chamber Customs. BCC members will receive the same rates as members of the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

From 01 January 2021 companies who trade with the European Union (EU) will be required to make customs declarations to move goods in and out of the EU. In the Government’s own words “completing a customs declaration is complicated and you may need software, so you may want to get someone to deal with customs for you.”

Chamber Customs is a new Customs Declarations Service that will be delivered by Chambers of Commerce to every region of the United Kingdom. In a post-Brexit Britain, the service will offer businesses much-needed assurance that goods being imported or exported will pass through borders unhindered, be subject to the correct duty and charges, and reach their destination in good time. Traders will have access to an HMRC compliant service, which will provide partner companies with peace of mind. With direct links to the HMRC Customs handling system and all inventory linked ports, Chamber Customs can ensure that your goods, no matter where they
enter or leave the UK, will be cleared for onward transportation smoothly and swiftly.

For more information on the new Customs Declarations service view the Customs Declaration Service BCC guide.