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Black Country Chamber Moves from Strength to Strength

BCCCAG15 002“We must find ways of engaging with 20,000 businesses across the Black Country,” said Black Country Chamber President Adrian Wright.

Adrian, who is also Sales and Marketing Director for West Bromwich Albion FC, made this pledge a month into his Presidency. “Chambers of Commerce in 2016 need to widen their reach and truly represent the business community they serve.

“There are too many public sector agencies and organisations claiming to understand and represent businesses. They do not. It is up to the Black Country Chamber of Commerce to work with these organisations and make sure that they are fit for purpose. I will ensure we are adequately represented and I am very pleased with the response of the West Midlands Combined Authority regarding our expectation that strategy will be developed through ‘a partnership of equals’. We look forward to playing our part in shaping the Midlands region, whose economy is the same size of Austria’s.

“In order to help us develop a clear and coherent strategy, responsive to business needs, we need to strengthen our Board of Directors. We are looking for people with gravitas, experience and specific skills: legal; sales and marketing and manufacturing.

“Our new Directors will work with the existing Board members to position us to deliver our aim to double the size of the Black Country economy by the end of 2023. This is a formidable challenge and we will need business leaders who can inspire, debate and contextualise complex issues into forthright action.

“Chambers of Commerce must harness the growth potential of business. We have been poorly served by government whether through the entirely unnecessary distraction of the EU referendum or by the complete lack of strategy as regards encouraging businesses to export. We simply cannot rely on a consumer driven domestic market that will mire households with debt. The Black Country makes things and provides services that the world needs. The lack of leadership from government makes no sense at all and underlines the fact that the resources we need to help the UK grow are being deployed on a self-inflicted political issue. Putting politics before economics is unacceptable.”

Last modified on Thursday, 05 May 2016 11:11

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