Merry Hill, the Black Country’s largest shopping centre, has joined the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, becoming a member of the Chamber's Patron Group.

The announcement demonstrates the centre’s ambition to work more closely with the regional business community in 2021 and beyond.

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is the leading regional business support agency for firms in the region, providing platforms and opportunities for businesses to grow, connect and become part of a thriving network.

Alongside the growing regional development in the Black Country, including the construction of the West Midlands Metro Link extension which will include routes to the centre, Merry Hill is also continuing to invest in its facilities to improve the experience for visitors and promote the centre as a destination in which retail businesses can flourish in the region.

The centre is currently undergoing a £10 million redevelopment project to remodel the external facades and entrances, including a new system capable of lighting up the centre with different colours and designs.

Welcoming over 15 million visitors each year, the centre is home to more than 175 leading retail brands including Next, Mango, Primark, M&S, H&M and JD Sports, as well as independent restaurants on The Waterfront offering unique experiences and cuisines, such as the Indian Tavern and Dr Eamers Gin Distillery.

Duncan Burns, Marketing Manager at Merry Hill, said, “Becoming a Patron of the Chamber allows us to take an important step towards collaborating more closely with the business community and to work alongside other chamber members, in what is an exciting time for the Black Country.

“This partnership also marks our renewed commitment to the success and engagement of the local community at all levels with the support and encouragement of new operators Ellandi.

“As a successful shopping centre, we’ve forged strong links in the West Midlands, both as a key driver of the economy and as one of the largest employers in the area, where we support over 8,000 jobs, representing about 6.3% of the local retail workforce.”

Gail Arnold, head of The Chamber Patron Group, said, “It’s an honour to work with the team at Merry Hill, the centre is a vital hub in the Black Country.

“They’ve played an incredible role in supporting the local community in recent months by providing access to essential services in line with Government guidelines and keeping everyone safe throughout the pandemic.

“The team are great ambassadors for the retail industry and will be key to supporting our Chamber and voice of local business in and around the Black Country”.


Walsall College has renewed its Patronage with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

The college is home to more than 14,000 people studying vocational-technical qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education programmes each year.

With teaching provided by 850 staff, linked to 1000 apprenticeship employers and culminating in 89% of courses aligned to local skills strategies, Walsall College is uniquely and proudly vocational and provides students with an outstanding learning experience, education and skills development to support them into higher levels of study and jobs.

Assistant Principal, James Norris said, “Further education has a key role to play in our region’s post-Covid recovery.

“As Chamber Patrons, Walsall College can help employers access the essential skills to build on and future-proof their businesses. He continued, “We also hope to benefit from the continued support of the Chamber’s local employer network, who enable us to deliver the industry placements integral to so many of our qualifications, including T Levels.

“We look forward to demonstrating the impact of these collaborations and our shared ability to drive positive change across the region.”

Jatinder Sharma OBE, FCCA - Principal & Chief Executive of Walsall College, joined the Black Country Chamber Board in December.

The Wolverhampton born accountant, a highly experienced leader, is Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College, having previously held a number of senior positions in both private & public sectors.

For more information on the Chamber Patron Group please visit our WEBSITE

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