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Region’s Chambers Unite on Vision for Elected Mayor

Three Chambers of Commerce across the West Midlands have united to produce a business blueprint for the work of the West Midlands elected Mayor.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce are launching their “manifesto” for  the election, which takes place on May 4.

Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor sets out the priorities and actions the Chambers would like a West Midlands Mayor to deliver. The headline areas are:

  • Providing vision, leadership and promotion
  • Making the West Midlands the best possible place to do business
  • Developing world-class transport infrastructure
  • Ensuring a skills ecosystem fit for the future
  • Fostering a greater place to live, work and visit
  • Leading the region through Brexit

It was written in partnership between the three Chambers and developed in consultation with members.

According to a poll of over 500 businesses across their regions in November last year, 49 per cent of Chamber members said they were not aware that the WMCA Mayoral election would take place on May 4.

And 59% businesses did not feel well informed about the WMCA and WMCA Mayor.

Businesses agreed that a WMCA Mayor should:

  • Demand a fair share of funding for the region from the UK Government (88 per cent).
  • Promote the region on a national and international stage to Government, investors and visitors (85 per cent).
  • Prioritise improving transport connectivity across the region (78 per cent).
  • Prioritise closing gaps between the needs of businesses and the skills available in the labour market (78 per cent).

You can read the Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor here.  

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, said: “The West Midlands has a long and famous reputation for being home to innovative and dynamic businesses that create local jobs and drive the national economy. The new elected mayor will have the chance to engage with these businesses and put them at the heart of the new local powers and budgets we need to seize the opportunities they encounter every day. I’m proud to be working alongside our partner Chambers on this manifesto and to be putting our members at the heart of the debate.”

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Last modified on Friday, 17 March 2017 13:29

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