‘Research, Register and Prepare’ - Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organisers Tell Black Country Businesses

06 Jun 2019

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Businesses from across the region gathered to hear an insight from the organising team tasked with bringing the games to life in Birmingham in July 2022.

The Second Black Country 2022 Business Forum kicked off this week with a full house at Chamber member, Higgs & Sons in Brierley Hill.

Businesses from across the region gathered to hear an insight from the organising team tasked with bringing the games to life in Birmingham in July 2022.

John Crabtree, Birmingham 2022 organising committee Chairman, Ian Reid, committee CEO and Neil Carney, Programme Director for the games, told the assembled audience how, as businesses, they can explore and understand the opportunities the Commonwealth Games will bring to West Midlands companies.

‘Research, register and prepare’ was the combined message from the men, who have previously been responsible for some of the biggest events in the world including London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Talking the audience through an outline approach to the procurement process and a timetable for many of the contracts needed to put such a huge international event into production the message was loud and clear; ‘the eyes of the world are upon us and we must recognise the investment, business opportunities and legacy these games will bring - this is our moment to shine’!

Speaking on behalf of the Black Country LEP, Board Member Lindsey Flynn, said: “I am delighted to stand alongside colleagues to highlight how businesses in the Black Country can make the most out of this once in a generation opportunity to drive transformational change across the Black Country and the wider region.

“Through the Black Country Growth Hub, the Black Country LEP can support local businesses in finding the right development resource, finance and supply chain opportunities to support business growth. We are keen to work with the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to ensure businesses can engage in the widest possible way either through supporting local athletes, volunteering or engaging with one of the cultural and sporting events that will take place over the next 3 years to name just a few.”

The next Black Country 2022 Business Forum will take place on Friday 11th October at GTG Training in Wednesfield, to find out more please contact Penny Griffiths: pennygriffiths@blackcountrychamber.co.uk Telephone: 01902 912316 - 07976 902118

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Image: L to R: Neil Carney, Birmingham 2022 Programme Director, John Crabtree OBE, organising committee chairman, Ian Reid, committee CEO, Lindsey Flynn, Black Country LEP board member and Corin Crane, chief executive Black Country Chamber of Commerce

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