PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
SANDWELL MP ROUNDTABLE HAILED A SUCCESS
As part of the Chamber’s reengagement with local MPs, June saw the second in a series of MP engagement sessions, with the latest roundtable event taking place in Sandwell.
The panel included James Morris MP (Halesowen and Rowley Regis), the Rt Hon John Spellar MP (Warley), Adrian Bailey MP (West Bromwich West) and Sandwell Council’s Head of Planning, Jenna Langford.
The lively session saw a debate on a variety of topics, from workplace diversity to Brexit and local planning. These MP Engagement sessions are a fantastic way for local businesses to discuss local issues with their MPs. The next edition is due to take place in Walsall with a date to be confirmed.
MANUFACTURING ROADSHOW TAKES PLACE AT GTG TRAINING
July saw the hugely successful Chamber Manufacturing Roadshow take place at GTG Training in Wolverhampton. A vibrant morning was bolstered by an extensive and diverse range of stand holders exhibiting their business support offers.
Service offerings including training and apprenticeships, right through to innovation and legal services, provided the morning with lively engagement between delegates and exhibitors and a great deal of useful advice being taken away from the event.
CHAMBER MEETS WITH BEIS CITIES AND LOCAL GROWTH TEAM
In June, the Chamber’s Director of External Affairs, Neil Anderson and Lobbying & Representation Officer, Dan Turner, met with representatives from BEIS Cities and Local Growth Team.
At Black Country Chamber, we believe it is crucial that we maintain a fluent conversation with government departments. On the agenda for the day was Brexit, the importance of HS2, ensuring the better promotion of the T Levels, helping businesses to better understand the Apprenticeship Levy, increased powers for the Small Business Commissioner in dealing with late payments and how to reduce bureaucracy in the planning system.
WEST MIDLANDS COMBINED AUTHORITY UPDATES MANUFACTURING FORUM ON T LEVELS
At the most recent Manufacturing Forum, the West Midlands Combined Authority provided an extensive update on the government’s latest change to technical education – the T Level. Tony O’Callaghan, T Level Planning Manager, then answered a range of questions on the role of industry in shaping the T Level. BEIS were also present at the Forum, updating manufacturers on how to prepare for Brexit and what direct government support looks like.
TRANSPORT FORUM HEARS FROM HIGHWAYS ENGLAND AND NETWORK RAIL
The most recent Chamber Transport Forum saw guest speakers from Highways England and Network Rail. Highways England updated delegates on all major infrastructure projects in the region, with focus on the M5 Oldbury Viaduct work and M6 junction 10 upgrade. Similarly, Network Rail updated on the plans for the Bescot Sleeper Facility.
For more information on the Chamber’s Transport Forum and to see how you can get involved: