All Party Parliamentary Group for the Black Country

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Black Country (APPG-BC) brings together Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to raise awareness of and to discuss the importance of the Black Country economy.

The APPG-BC is a cross-party coalition of Parliamentarians, businesses and industry organisations working together in order to develop new policy ideas, critique existing government decision-making around regional growth whilst enhancing and facilitating better business engagement with the policy process.

The APPG-BC will work to keep the Black Country sub-region high on the political agenda. It will raise awareness of the issues the sub-region faces amongst parliamentarians and encourage them to promote the importance of the sub-region and its economic potential in their constituencies and other spheres of influence.

The APPGs entry in the official Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups will be available online and is regularly updated with details of its Members and declarations. Rules for all APPGs and other information can be found on the relevant pages of the Parliament website.

The APPG for the Black Country is supported by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, which includes the provision of secretariat services.

Our Mission and Objectives

The APPG-BC will work to keep the Black Country sub-region high on the political agenda. It will raise awareness of the issues the sub-region faces amongst parliamentarians and encourage them to promote the importance of the sub-region and its economic potential in their constituencies and other spheres of influence.

Mission Statement

“The APPG for the Black Country will recognise and address the socio-economic issues the region faces, promoting its significance as a sub-region and raising its importance to key stakeholders”

Objectives

  1. To raise awareness of the Black Country sub-region by providing a parliamentary forum for debate and dialogue, communicating key evidence on policy issues to parliament, government and other policymakers.
  2. To ensure that the issues raised are supported by appropriate evidence, research and analysis and disseminating the evidence and information so that parliamentarians are well informed about the issues.
  3. To produce reports on evidence produced, disseminating that to key stakeholders and lobbying to policy change to improve the sub-region.
  4. To create a point of reference for any parliamentarian wishing to understand the sub-region, its economy, demographics, cultural and socio-economic significance.
  5. To promote the Black Country as a thriving, outward looking region that is the place to live, work and visit to other parliamentarians, policymakers, stakeholders and business communities

About the secretariat

The APPG for the Black Country is supported by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, which includes the provision of secretariat services.

The APPG Black Country is administered by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the leading business support organisation operating within the Black Country providing support services to businesses across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. The Chamber is here to connect, support and grow local businesses and is an accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce.

The Chamber acts as the voice for businesses and works to engage key stakeholders on issues affecting its membership. The Black Country Chamber is committed to upholding the principle of transparency in UK parliamentary and public affairs.

The Black Country Chamber acts as the APPG secretariat, providing policy support, suggesting topics for meetings, organising meetings, preparing and circulating agendas and minutes and keeping members informed of the group’s activities.

Our Work

Find out more about the APPG and how you or your business can get involved.



MP Members of the APPG

Find a list of all the Minister or Parliaments who are involved in the work of the APPG Black Country.


Minutes, Agenda and Notices

A full list and record of the activity taking place throughout the APPG Black Country.


Publications and Reports

The APPG Black Country publications and reports will all be available here - stay tuned for further details.


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Engagement Opportunities

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Contribute to the APPG

The APPG Black Country is a cross-party coalition of Parliamentarians, businesses and industry organisations working together in order to develop new policy ideas, critique existing government decision making around regional growth whilst enhancing and facilitating better business engagement with the process of policy making. Please contact us on appg@blackcountrychamber.co.uk to find out how you can support our work and get involved.

Compliance of APPG

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