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Black Country Chamber of Commerce

Following the governance changes announced at the AGM on 21st October 2014, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Consultative Forum met for the first time on 24 March 2015.

 The role of the Consultative Forum is to:

  1. Encourage and facilitate effective dialogue and collaboration between Chamber and local partners and members.
  2. To propose and develop projects intended to provide long term solutions to problems affecting the economic, social and environmental welfare of the Black Country and to remove barriers to economic growth.
  3. Encourage members to participate in the Chamber’s policy groups and make an effective contribution to the achievement of the Chamber’s objectives.
  4. To provide advice and guidance to the Board on strategy.

The members of the Consultative Forum are:

Ali Alibhai
Autobase Citroen

Andrew Thompson
One Stop Management Services

Colin Leighfield
B E Wedge Holdings Ltd

David Jones
Steps to Work

Devya Athwal
Athwal Resourcing

Jev Bhalla
Walsall Adult & Community College

John Tew
Sandwell College

Johnathan Dudley
Crowe Clarke Whitehill LLP

Martin Dudley
Thomas Dudley Ltd

Mike Dell
B C Barton Ltd

Paul Cadman
Futura Design Ltd

Paul Kalinauckas
Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS)

Paul Lewis
Forces Recruitment

Roy Casey
Success Train Ltd

Tim Lang
George Green LLP

Tony Seaton
Blue Sky Corporate Finance

Wayne Barratt
W. Barratt Contractors


A group will look at the vision for 2023 focusing on the industry mix of the local economy required to underpin a £34bn GVA (double what it was at the start of 2013). The group will also look at the heritage and assets of the Black Country and how the region can become the premier supplier of mid-tier services to the global manufacturing sector with a focus on remanufacturing, design and testing. The group will look at how all sectors, including creative and financial, can pull together under a common vision.

In addition, the Chamber is looking at its brand and how it presents itself in the business market. The Chamber has over 150 years of expertise in supporting business growth. We need to assure our relevance and the unique position we occupy. Unless we can mean something to all 32,000 businesses in the region, our claim to the true voice of business can always be challenged.

Devolution is also a significant factor that could support or undermine achieving our aim. The private sector needs to lead this debate and ensure that any local controls offered allow us to have a better skills and transport system.

Transport, skills, visitor economy and competitiveness remain areas of focus. The Chamber will also look at communications and the commercialisation of services. Our recent experience of public sector lead business support has enabled us to identify how we can promote our members better to meet unsatisfied business needs.

If you would like more information with regards to the Consultative Forum please click here to send the Chamber team an email.

The Consultative Forum

Chamber Patrons


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