Policy & Campaigns

Get involved in Chamber policy and lobbying activities

The Black Country has a rich manufacturing heritage that serves as an integral component of the local business landscape, complemented by a vast number of companies that are striving in their respective fields, but we now also need to look to the future. The next phase of manufacturing is already occuring and as a region we need to be supporting this new innovative industry to drive growth in the economy, whilst harnessing the next generation of manufacturing expertise.

Through our Manufacturing Matters campaign we aim to raise the awareness and profile of manufacturing in the Black Country on a national scale, developing a strong network of companies and a cohesive programme of support activities.


Campaign Aims

In essence, the aim of this campaign is to keep you up-to-date with the latest events, opportunities and manufacturing news, whilst inspiring you to look at new developments and challenges, whether they are new ways of doing things, utilising innovative technologies or exploring diversification within your business.

Amongst others, the Manufacturing Matters campaign will cover the following key areas:

  • Policy & Lobbying
  • Championing Best Practice
  • Supply Chain Management


As part of this campaign we are delighted to be working with Rachel Eade MBE as our new Manufacturing Ambassador. Rachel has over 20 years of experience working with manufacturers across the supply chain and has a wealth of knowledge and contacts that will add benefit to Chamber members. She was awarded an MBE for services to the automotive sector in 2013 and the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineers Gold Medal in 2014.


Please click here to read more about the range of funding opportunities that are currently available to support the growth and development of your manufacturing business.


Dates For Your Diary

Black Country Chamber of Commerce will be running manufacturing focused events throughout the campaign to provide relevant and up-to-date insight to companies operating within the sector, as well as the ability to share best practice to encourage continual improvement. These events will include support relating to the Apprenticeship Levy and skills, supply chain opportunities, factory tours, and media and PR opportunities.

Please see below the upcoming events that we currently have scheduled:

Automechanika
6th - 8th June 2017

To get involved in our Manufacturing Matters 2017 campaign please contact the Chamber on 0330 024 0820 or email website@blackcountrychamber.co.uk. In addition, please click here and inform us if you would like to receive our monthly Manufacturing Matters newsletter, which will ensure you are kept up-to-date with all the latest developments relating to the campaign.

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