Patrons

Birmingham Airport

Telephone: 0871 222 0072

Website: www.birminghamairport.co.uk

Contact: Stefanie Bowes


With prospects for continued growth at Birmingham Airport, the Airport Company is committed to providing quality facilities and services to meet the future air transport needs of the West Midlands region. The ongoing sustainable development of the Airport, which aims to balance the economic and social benefits to the region with the need to control and mitigate environmental impacts, is crucial for maintaining and improving the region's principal international gateway.

At Birmingham Airport, we recognise the need to balance the economic and social benefits of air travel with the environmental impacts. For many years, we have operated a comprehensive and proactive set of environmental mitigation programmes, which sits alongside our commitment to openness, transparency and positive engagement with the local community.

CSCM IT Solutions

Telephone: 08431 668866

Website: www.cscm.co.uk

Contact: Jude Thompson - Managing Director


CSCM IT Solutions work on a global scale providing customers with the best technology for their organisation. Solutions are tailored to the needs of the client, they listen and work with customers utilising their vast experience and expertise. Using UK Datacentres, they give assurances that their client’s data is safe secure and backed up in their cloud.

They have their managed IT Support and Helpdesk, with a technical team that holds a vast amount of knowledge and experience.

Furthermore, CSCM’s utilise their own brand ‘The Business Hive’ to provide cutting edge cloud services. The Hosted Desktop Cloud Solution has changed the way companies work and interact with their clients, it connects people and organisations wherever they may be, safely, efficiently and securely. They adapt client’s specific bespoke applications and software to make them compatible for use in the cloud.

Their portfolio of customers range from SME’s across the country, as well as global clients in Dubai, South Africa and the USA. Based in Oldbury and as longstanding members of the Chamber they fully support and work with local businesses and charities in the Black Country.

In-Comm Training & Business Services Ltd

Telephone: 01922 457686

Website: www.in-comm.co.uk

Contact: Gareth Jones


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 three training Academies in Aldridge, Shrewsbury and the soon to be launched Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) have received £4m of investment to create three 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.

intu Merry Hill

Telephone: 01384 487960 

Website: www.intu.co.uk

Contact: Dan Murphy – General Manager


Intu Properties plc (formerly Capital Shopping Centres PLC) owns and operates 16 Shopping Centres in the UK and has recently acquired Merry Hill. Intu has grown from 4 million square feet in 1994 to around 18million square feet today. In addition, Intu Shopping Centres attract over 350 million customer visits a year and over 30 million unique customer visits. Moreover, two thirds of the UK population live within a 45 minute drive time of one of our centres.

Merry Hill is one of the UK's most successful shopping centres and is the focal point of a 220 acre mixed-use complex in the heart of the West Midlands. The 140,800 sq m shopping centre provides over 220 stores and has annual footfall of 23.5mn shoppers. The complex includes 40 places to eat, an Odeon cinema, external retail park and 7,200 car parking spaces.

The centre is a key family shopping centre destination with a superb family shopping offer that includes: state-of-the-art parent rooms, parent and child parking spaces, kiddy cars to help ease shopping with little ones, 'Playworld' indoor children's play area and an external adventure world, a kids club and Mummy Mornings with over 3000 members and approximately 80-100 attend a weekly mummy and baby/toddler event.

Merry Hill's key retailers include Debenhams, M&S, Primark, Asda, Next, BHS, Boots and TK Maxx. Key fashion stores are H&M, River Island, Office, Topshop, Warehouse, Monsoon, Lipsy and Oasis.

The Midcounties Co-operative

Telephone: 01926 516000

Web: www.midcounties.coop

Contact: Mike Pickering – Community and Sustainability Manager


The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent co-operative owned by our 650,000 members. We operate a range of businesses in Food, Travel, Pharmacy, Funeral, Childcare, Energy, Post Offices and Flexible Benefits. Our heartlands are in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

At its heart a true co-operative organisation is socially responsible and effectively engaged with the communities it serves, and the following are examples of how The Midcounties Co-operative is helping to build strong local communities:

  • 234,000 volunteering hours have been provided by Midcounties colleagues in the community over the last 10 years.
  • Energy usage has been reduced by over 15% since 2010 across its trading properties (saving over 7,000 tonnes of CO2).
  • In recognition of their social responsibility programme Midcounties are holders of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainment Development.

Paycare

Telephone: 01902 371000

Website: www.paycare.org

Contact: Anthony Burns – Commercial Director


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.

Rational FX

Telephone: 07436 098684

Website: www.rationalfx.com

Contact: Jaspaul Bains

RationalFX is a specialist currency provider for international money exchange with over $8 Billion transferred with 80,000 clients. RationalFX are fully regulated by HMRC and authorised by the FCA to operate anywhere in the EU.

Rational FX specialise in:

• SPOT & Forward transactions

• Stop & Limit orders

• Large Foreign Exchange deals

• FX Strategy & Timing advice

• Personal & business transactions

• Overseas Property Purchases

Bank to Bank Transfers

Timmins Whittaker

Telephone: 01384 480899

Website: www.timminswhittaker.co.uk

Contact: Mark Timmins


Established in 1967, Timmins Whittaker remain a family run business now run by Mark Timmins and are based in the heart of the Black Country, Brierley Hill. They have always specialised in arranging insurance for companies, be they sole trader, UK operations of an overseas group, or public listed companies and everything in between.

As members of the Cobra Network of Insurance Brokers - a nationwide group of likeminded Brokers - Timmins Whittaker have been able to maintain their independence with the collective buying power of the network, which has benefited clients in many ways over the years.

They have been at the forefront of the ever changing insurance requirements of companies, thus making sure that their clients are correctly covered to meet their specific needs and making them aware of new and relevant insurance covers as they become available. As no two people are the same, Timmins Whittaker do not treat clients the same, even though they may all make widgets! This is best demonstrated by their many long standing clients (10+ years) and that the cover recommended was correct in the event of claims of all sizes.

As Patrons of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Timmins Whittaker have developed a number of exclusive insurance facilities for members with leading UK Insurers. These policies provide market leading cover at highly competitive premiums with some features normally only found in policies for large businesses. However these policies are not always suitable, in which case a bespoke insurance programme is arranged to meet the clients requirements.


These policies include:

  • Office Combined, including Professional Indemnity as and when required
  • Commercial Combined
  • Management Liability, incorporating Directors and Officers cover
  • Business Travel

University of Wolverhampton

Telephone: 01902 321272

Website: www.wlv.ac.uk

Contact: Karen Shaw


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

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Wolverhampton Racecourse

Telephone: 01902 390000

Website: www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk

Contact: Paula Jones - Commercial Manager


Wolverhampton Racecourse is one of the leading entertainment venues in the West Midlands, featuring all year round horse racing, live music events and fantastic family days out. The racecourse is also a premier conferencing location and has an adjoining Holiday Inn hotel. Wolverhampton Racecourse has also been voted the best small Racecourse in the midlands by the Racegoers Club for 2016.

Set in 22 acres of parkland, just over a mile from Wolverhampton city centre, the racecourse is a multi-functional site open all year round to racing fixtures, live music and family events, and can be hired for private functions, meetings and conference.

80 fixtures each year are staged on the all-weather surface and feature racedays include Family Fun Day, Ladies Evening, Boxing Day and a host of live music evenings on Saturdays throughout the year. During the winter months Wolverhampton Racecourse is also one of the hosts for the All Weather Championships.

The racecourse has meeting rooms, suites and outdoor space to accommodate parties of all sizes for private events, business or pleasure. The racecourse team have acquired experience in hosting weddings, conferences, celebratory parties, exhibitions and much more.

The onsite Holiday Inn Garden offers competitive bed and breakfast rates, along with a number of race and stay packages at excellent value. The 54 bedroom hotel has a lounge and bar area, restaurant, fitness suite, and all rooms include tea/coffee facilities and a television with an extensive channel selection.

Call the racecourse on 01902 390000 to discuss tickets and packages for a raceday, or your next event. Alternatively visit their website www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk