Manufacturing Forum Reconvenes

10 May 2019

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Chamber host another successful Manufacturing Forum meeting in support of the region's manufacturing businesses.

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce have this week hosted yet another successful Manufacturing Forum meeting, part of its ongoing programme to support the region's manufacturing businesses, delivered in partnership with Chamber member, FBC Manby Bowdler.


Over the last three years, the Chamber has campaigned on behalf of its manufacturers across a range of initiatives; raising the profile of the regular issues faced by Black Country manufacturers, working with key stakeholders and liaising with Black Country MPs on behalf of members.


Dan Turner, Policy Officer, said: “These sector-specific forums ensure that the Chamber remains focused on addressing the challenges faced by our members. As a membership organisation, representing the views of members is imperative to our policy work.


“By engaging with organisations such as BEIS and the West Midlands Combined Authority, we ensure that members can help shape government policy by providing crucial feedback. Today’s discussions were compelling and engaging, making for a lively 2-hour session. We are very excited about the future prospects for our Manufacturing Forum and believe it is crucial that the voice of Black Country manufacturers is heard loudly and proudly.


“On EU-Exit readiness and BEIS engagement, we will continue our hard work, ensuring that members across the sectors are aware of what Brexit means for their business. We have a wealth of expertise and experience at the Chamber and will be utilising our knowledge on key issues, from skills and future workforce to export documentation and intellectual property”.


Vikki Haines, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator, said, “It is really important for us to work with our sector specific forums, listening and responding to their key areas of concern which impact on their organisations. It was a good debate today on T Levels. Our members recognise and endorse the need for the new technical qualifications but raised their concern that the forthcoming provision is nowhere near adequate at present. This further supports the need for all parties to work together to bridge the gap between business and education”.


For further information regarding our Manufacturing Forum or to find out how you can get involved please contact our Policy Officer, Dan Turner: danielturner@blackcountrychamber.co.uk 01902 912334 - 07801571225 


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