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Growth Deal to generate £450 million investment in the Black Country
The Black Country Growth Deal, ‘Made in the Black Country, Sold around the World’ agreed with Government is worth over £138 million and will generate
Growth Hub launched to support Black Country manufacturing SMEs
Black Country manufacturing SMEs will have a single point of contact for advice and support, alongside bespoke help programmes, thanks to the new Growth Hub
Businesses urged to speak out about strategic transport opportunities
Seizing the economic opportunities presented by HS2 is one of the key themes of a draft report into the Midlands’ strategic transport network – and local businesses are being urged to have a say
Awards success for Asian businesses in the Black Country
More than 550 guests turned out for the 13th Black Country Asian Business Association Awards evening at Wolverhampton Racecourse last week
Skills Minister launches Manufacture your Future
Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills & Enterprise joined the Black Country Skills Factory today to launch Manufacture your Future - inspiring careers guidance to change perceptions of careers in engineering and manufacturing and signposting young people to the opportunities available with a view to diminishing anticipated skills gaps in the sector.
Championing Better Work and Working Lives - A Celebration of Black Country Skills
More than 120 delegates from Black Country employers recently attended a joint LEP and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) conference
£56m funding available for SMEs
Black Country businesses have an opportunity to access finance to grow and create jobs as part of a new £56 million Mezzanine Fund
Invest Black Country documentary being broadcast on 27 May
Invest Black Country and the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) commissioned a Business Channel documentary to discuss investment opportunities with Indian companies from a Black Country perspective.
May LEP newsletter ready to download
Growth Deal proposals, local economic growth, a boost in investmentand funding opportunities are all featured in the latest e-newsletter from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
Growth Deal proposals well received
The Black Country LEP has received positive feedback from Government on our Strategic Economic Plan submission for £56m in 2015-16, from the Local Growth Fund and an additional £5.7m of transport project funding.
Investment boost
The Black Country LEP and Walsall were presented with awards as high-potential investment areas by The Financial Times FDI Magazine at the 2014 MIPIM property investment event. Wayne Langford, Head of Invest Black Country is pictured receiving the awards.
Local economy growing faster
Black Country Gross Value Added - the value of goods and services produced, has increased by 10% (£1.5bn) since 2009.
Manufacturing skills for the future
Manufacture Your Future is a Black Country Skills Factory campaign to improve the perception of careers in the manufacturing sector by targeting schools, colleges, teachers, parents and pupils with careers information, advice and guidance.
Funding for Growing Priority Sectors
Since 2012 the LEP has supported over 100 Black Country firms to access £37m in grants to create jobs and growth.
Black Country Global Geopark application
The Black Country is preparing an application to become a UNESCO Global Geopark based on it’s exceptionally important geological and related industrial and cultural heritage.
Meet the Board - Simon Eastwood, MD Carillion Developments
Simon Eastwood is responsible for overseeing the Growing Places/Regional Growth Fund LEP Sub-Board and for promoting a Business Friendly Planning culture across the four local authorities ensuring that as far as possible projects are supported and barriers to growth overcome.