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:
The members of the Consultative Forum are:
One Stop Management Services
B E Wedge Holdings Ltd
Steps to Work
Walsall Adult & Community College
Crowe Clarke Whitehill LLP
Thomas Dudley Ltd
B C Barton Ltd
Futura Design Ltd
Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS)
Success Train Ltd
George Green LLP
Blue Sky Corporate Finance
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.