TRIO OF PATRONS FOR CHAMBER
Three of the Black Country’s most prominent businesses have renewed their Patronage with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce this month as the region looks ahead to rebooting, rebuilding and rebounding post the Covid-19 pandemic.
Patron Group members, In-Comm Training, one of the UK’s leading training providers, Paycare, the Wolverhampton based not-for-profit business, which specialises in health cash plans and wellbeing training, along with the University of Wolverhampton, have all renewed their long-standing Patronage with the regions longest running business support organisation headed up by CEO, Corin Crane.
Mr Crane said, “Our Patrons are the Chamber’s strategic partners and support us in our work as the champion of local businesses.
“Collectively, In-Comm Training, Paycare, the University of Wolverhampton and the Chamber have over 500 years’ worth of experience supporting businesses across the region to develop their teams, support their people and play a leading role in driving productivity and growth.
“I’m thrilled to reaffirm these longstanding partnerships which have a leading role in shaping the business support agenda for local firms who have experienced unprecedented challenges for decades to come.”
In-Comm Training, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, partners with 450 companies to deliver more than 750 apprenticeships and supports over 2000 people to upskill at its three technical academies across the Black Country and Shropshire.
The company first became a Patron in 2017 and was more than happy to renew its patronage for the next twelve months.
Managing Director Gareth Jones said, “Being part of the Black Country Chamber has been brilliant for our business and enables us to add value at a hyper-local level, whilst supporting key initiatives to support sustainability and growth of the region.
“We all share a significant passion for helping bridge the region’s skills shortage, especially in engineering and manufacturing. This collective effort is starting to reap dividends and we look forward to continuing to work together during the next year.”
For Paycare, the association between the two organisations stretches back to January 1984 when they first became a member. Joining the Patron group in 2014, Paycare’s CEO, Kevin Rogers has also sat as a Chamber board member.
Paycare’s Commercial Director, Anthony Burns thanked the Chamber for its ongoing role in championing organisations from across the Black Country, he said, “We believe strongly in the success of the region, and the Chamber plays a key part in this through the hard work of the team there.
“We are passionate about supporting the organisations within the region to be as productive and creative as possible and believe the health and wellbeing of employees are integral to this success.
“Being a Chamber Patron provides us with a fantastic platform to help those businesses, and we are thrilled to renew our membership.”
Meanwhile, Richard Nicklin, Deputy Director of Business Engagement at the University of Wolverhampton said, “The University of Wolverhampton is proud to renew its Black Country Chamber of Commerce Patronage for the twentieth year in a row.
“The role of the Chamber is pivotal to ensuring the voice and needs of Black Country businesses are heard and supported. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought home the importance of working in partnership to support our communities, and none more so than the business community in the region.
“Engaging with business organisations of all sizes - to share knowledge, encourage innovation and support enterprise - is a vital part of the University’s commitment to invest in research, education, training and skills within the Black Country.
“As a Patron, we believe that collaboration is key to maximising opportunities, restoring faith in the region and rebuilding the Black Country economy together and we look forward to working alongside the Chamber and its members as we start to emerge from the pandemic”.
Gail Arnold, Head of Premium Membership at the Chamber added, “I look forward to continuing our ongoing work with In-Comm Training, Paycare and the University of Wolverhampton. The Patron Group provides unique profiling and partnership opportunities for its members and is an important pillar of our work as the leading business support agency within the region.”