Our Patrons

AEG Presents

Website: www.aegpresents.co.uk

Contact: Crissie Rushton - General Manager of University of Wolverhampton at The Halls

AEG Presents is the live events arm of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), and the second biggest live music promoter in the world.

In addition to concert promotion, AEG’s festival division produces amongst others British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park and Coachella in California, and further owns and operates a string of venues around the world. As the future operator of the refurbished Wolverhampton Civic the venue joins the existing UK portfolio of The O2, Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith and the Indigo Music Club.

AEG Presents will bring a variety of music and comedy content and will be supported by ASM Global in offering first class venue space in both the Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall for both corporate and special events.

We look forward to opening our first Midlands based venue and are delighted to be part of Wolverhampton’s future vision.

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland

Telephone: 01902 366 911

Website: www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk

Contact: Jeanette McFarland - Chief Operating Officer

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions is the UK and Ireland’s leading manufacturer and supplier of locks, hardware and access control for buildings and every day we help you to experience a safer and more open world.

We provide everything from mechanical and elctromechanical locks, digital door locks, smart access solutions, high-security doors, fire doors and high-performance and decorative hardware.

Right from the earliest design stage, our products are developed to meet the highest standards for performance, safety and security and are supplied to a broad range of sectors including residential (Private and social housing), education, healthcare, commercial offices, leisure and transport. Our tailored approach to each individual site comes from knowing that each building environment has its own demands that need to be met.

We’re proud of our Patron member status with our UKI Head Office based in Willenhall - an area rich in lock manufacturing heritage dating back hundreds of years and we’re pleased to be continuing to lead the way in providing innovative opening solutions in the heart of the Black Country and to be the first manufacturing company to have Patron status.

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UKI is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group.

In-Comm Training & Business Services Ltd

Telephone: 01922 457686

Website: www.in-comm.co.uk

Contact: Rebecca Phillips - Chief Operating Officer

Rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’, In-Comm is now one of the UK’s leading providers of training and business services, working across more than 10 sectors and with over 250 different companies.

It has developed a simple, but effective approach to bridging the country’s skills gap.

This focuses on building strong relationships with employers to ensure they get access to programmes that will deliver them the right type of learner, the right upskilling opportunities and the specialist assistance they need to improve quality or business systems.

Our training Academies in Aldridge and Telford have received £7m of investment to create two cutting-edge facilities and we have a proven track record of attracting some of the most experienced and skilled trainers in industry.

Whether you are upskilling, developing your workforce of the future or looking for a partner to manage all of your training requirements, we can help. Don’t take our word for it, even Ofsted think we are outstanding.

Juniper Training Ltd

Telephone: 01902 864194

Website: https://www.junipertraining.co.uk/

Contact: Samantha Broomhall - Head of Business Development

Juniper Training, is a leading training provider dedicated to unlocking the potential of individuals and businesses alike. Juniper is committed to providing flexible and innovative training solutions to help businesses and individuals grow. Operating for over 40 years, Juniper is one of the UK’s most experienced providers of training and Apprenticeships. Our team of sector experts, with a wealth of diverse experience, encourage ambition and growth throughout their delivery.

We support in excess of 2000 students per year and work with over 800 employers. Rated as GOOD by Ofsted in all areas of provision, we are ideally placed to support students, adults and employers in bridging the skills gaps between education and employment.

Merry Hill

Telephone: 01384 487960

Website: www.mymerryhill.co.uk

Contact: Duncan Burns – Marketing Manager

At Merry Hill we are passionate about creating experiences that make our visitors smile, help our brands succeed and communities thrive. We welcome over 18 million visitors every year to more than 175 brands and restaurants including Next, Nike, Mango, Primark, M&S, River Island, H&M, Superdry, Flannels, Nandos, Wagamama and more. In autumn 2023 Hollywood Bowl are opening a flagship entertainment centre. All this under one roof and over 9,000 free parking spaces to make life easy.

We are committed to our local community, supporting over 8,000 jobs (representing about 6.3% per cent of the local retail workforce), and to operating with environmental responsibility.


Telephone: 01902 371000

Website: www.paycare.org

Contact: Anthony Burns – Chief Executive

With a history in Wolverhampton dating back to 1874, Paycare is passionate about helping both businesses and their employees benefit from optimum health and wellbeing - physically, mentally, and financially.

As a proud Patron of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Paycare works with many organisations across the region to implement and deliver cost-effective employee wellbeing strategies. Not only does its range of Health Cash Plans enable staff to feel empowered to look after their health and wellbeing, but employers can reap the rewards of a happy, healthy and subsequently more productive workforce, as well as gain a competitive edge by ensuring the long-term retention of staff.

Whether these Health Cash Plans are employee or employer-paid, individuals can claim money back that they’ve spent on everyday healthcare costs such as optical and dental, professional therapies such as physiotherapy, hypnotherapy and reflexology, as well as inoculations and vaccinations and much more.*

Paycare is committed to encouraging its Policyholders to improve their overall quality of life, with its services encompassing almost every aspect of an individual’s health, including their physical, mental and financial health. Paycare Perks is an exclusive online discount platform which allows Policyholders to take advantage of savings on everyday purchases, including cinema tickets, gym membership and grocery shopping.

A hugely valuable Employee Assistance Programme provides confidential and one-to-one support and guidance covering topics from financial and workplace stress to mental health issues and bereavements.

Its Digital Doctor resource offers 24/7 access to a qualified GP consultation service, as well as online health assessments.

And, thanks to its commitment to donating every spare penny not spent on enhancing its services for Policyholders, Paycare has donated £2million to a variety of local charities, worthy causes and initiatives to date – and is eager to continue growing this figure with support from its Policyholders across the Black Country.

Paycare Key Stats

  • Supporting Black Country employers and employees for over 140 years
  • Over £2m donated to UK charities, initiatives and causes to date
  • More than 80% of premiums received in 2017 paid back in claim payments to Policyholders

*Please see the benefit table for full details of cover.

Starting Point Recruitment

Telephone: 01922 627555

Website: www.startingpointrecruitment.co.uk

Contact: Andrew Fernandez - Managing Director

SPR. Recruitment but on a really good day.

First and foremost we are a people powered company, committed to finding great people to fill your roles, and finding great roles for our people to fill. We do this better than other recruiters by trying harder and creating better partnerships so we can understand your needs better.

Over the last 20 years, our specialist recruitment partners have helped transform businesses in the West Midlands, across a variety of sectors from Call Centre & Customer Service, Education & Training, Executive and Management, Hospitality & Catering, Manufacturing & Production, Public Sector, Government and Social Care.

With offices in Walsall & Birmingham, the heart of the region, we connect great, hard-working talent, with the some of the best companies and organisations in the country.

Our experience, allows you to make big leaps and stay competitive in today’s conditions. We try hard to inspire, support and guide everyone we work with, so we can help you get better outcomes.

SPR also has a regional job board chamber, and members can use sprsearch.co.uk

University of Wolverhampton

Telephone: 01902 321272

Website: www.wlv.ac.uk

Contact: Vikki Potts - Director of Business School & Head of Law School

Home to some of the brightest academic minds, talented students and leading-edge facilities that help over 1,000 businesses each year find solutions to the toughest business challenges. The University of Wolverhampton’s academic experts can offer specialised, sector-specific advice and inject fresh thinking and new ideas into your business. Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/business

Walsall College

Telephone: 01922 68888

Website: www.walsallcollege.ac.uk

Contact: Sally Day - Head of Sales & Marketing

We are one of the most successful colleges in the country – a place where more than 14,000 people study vocational technical qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education programmes each year.

Our Mission

“Walsall College is uniquely and proudly vocational. Our greatest passion is unleashing the potential of individuals, communities and businesses; our greatest legacy is the talent of our students: skilled, professional and enterprising.”

We Listen To Employers, We Help Create Jobs

We work closely with more than 1000 employers, along with the Black Country LEP and West Midlands Combined Authority, to ensure our students develop the qualifications, attributes and work-related skills to match the region’s growing employment sectors now and in the future. We support the creation of job opportunities for people across the region and help business grow – fuelling economic development, inward investment and ambition for everyone in the area.

Supporting People into Higher Levels of Study and Jobs

We are an exciting place to study, where everyone is welcomed and supported in reaching their full potential, whether that is higher levels of study or into employment. We have an extensive range of facilities with the latest state-of-the-art equipment modelled on industry standards, so you can be sure that you will be gaining skills that employers are looking for.