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West Midlands Mayoral Candidate Endorses Chambers' Vision

A campaign by the West Midlands three Chambers of Commerce on the Mayoral Election is providing the framework for making the region a “world-class performer,” the UKIP candidate said today.

Pete Durnell has given his backing to the “manifesto” drawn up by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and developed in consultation with Chamber members.

He said: “I fully support the Chambers’ ambitions for the West Midlands. The West Midlands has long been the engine room of the UK, this document provides an excellent framework for ‘fine tuning the engine’, and making it a world class performer with a great future for everyone who lives and works in the region.”

The blueprint, entitled Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor sets out the priorities and actions the Chambers would like to see a West Midlands Mayor deliver on.

They 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

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.”

Last week the Chamber revealed that Conservative Candidate Andy Street has also backed the document.

On 4 May 2017, voters across Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton will head to the polls to elect the region’s first Mayor. The Mayor will chair the newly formed West Midlands Combined Authority and hold specific powers over strategy, budget setting and transport.

More information on Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor can be found here.

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