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Black Country Economic Review sets the scene  for annual Black Country LEP Conference

Following the success of last years’ social media campaign which saw the release of the Black Country Economic Review across Twitter resulting in information being shared across an audience of over 80,000 people, the Black Country Consortium will release the key highlights from 27 February 2017 via @BlackCountryLEP #BlackCountryEconomy ahead of the annual Black Country LEP Conference on 2 March.

Produced annually by the Black Country Consortium’s Economic Intelligence Unit, the review highlights the Black Country’s current position mapped against key strategic indicators and enables evidence based decision-making for the Black Country LEP and public sector partners.

The information will be released on 27 and 28 February 2017 mapped against three key areas:

  • How we work (People) - looking at people in the Black Country focusing on trends in education, skills and the workforce.
  • How we live (Place) – mapping trends across population, infrastructure, housing and transport.
  • How we invest (Business) – sharing information on business in the Black Country from total number of businesses to new business starts.

The Economic Review will set the scene for the Black Country LEP Annual Conference which takes place at West Bromwich Albion Football Club on Thursday 2 March. Aimed at business the Conference will explore the LEP’s progress in transforming the Black Country economy and removing barriers to business growth.

Hosted by ITV Central’s Sameena Ali-Khan, this year’s guest speaker is David Roberts, Chairman of Rimstock PLC who will share his experiences and the challenges of growing a business quickly. The Conference will also host the first Black Country Open Forum and Q&A with the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral candidates ahead of the elections this May. Delegates will be able to put their questions to James Burn (Green), Peter Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrat) and Andy Street CBE (Conservative).

Stewart Towe, Chair of the Black Country LEP board said: “The Black Country Economic Review is a hugely useful tool enabling the Black Country LEP to apply economic intelligence across all our strategic plans and activity. The Economic Review will prove a highly informative scene setter for our Annual Conference as we present successes in 2016 and look ahead to further transforming the Black Country economy in 2017 as well as looking to the future of the West Midlands Combined Authority.”

To access the information follow @BlackCountryLEP #BlackCountryEconomy ahead of the information being released on 27 and 28 February. The full Black Country Annual Economic Review will be available to download from from 1 March 2017.

300 delegates have already registered for the Black Country LEP Annual Conference. Keep up-to-date with the Annual Conference and the Mayoral candidates Q&A on 2 March through following @BlackCountryLEP #BCLEPConference17

Please note the Black Country LEP Conference is full and we are not taking any more bookings.

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