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Andy Street Addresses Local Businesses

"Now the dust has settled on the election result, I think it’s really important to hit the ground running and set about working to deliver on the promises made in the manifesto.

And business has such an important part to play in seizing our big economic opportunities and, through success, tackling the social issues we face.

My message is that I’m looking forward to working with business in many areas.

First, the profile of the West Midlands: our Mayor needs to be a strong voice for the region, accomplished at putting our case to government and being an ambassador around the world. It’s something I had to do for almost a decade at John Lewis and now I relish doing the same for my home region.

Second, the Mayor will have a key part to play in driving up skill levels. There is a significant amount of work to do here in terms of co-ordinating between business and the education sector.

Thirdly, our shared economic success must continue to drive down youth unemployment as it is such a huge barrier to social mobility.

And, last but not least, I want to tackle the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping in our towns and cities. I know this is something people are deeply troubled by and I am committed to leading our response.

In all four areas business will, I know, step forward to play its part. The scale of the challenges are big but together I know we can turn this region into the UK’s economic powerhouse."

Andy Street
West Midlands Mayor

Last modified on Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:55

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