Investment in the city, investment in businesses and investment in the workforce are the key messages of Wolverhampton Business Week, announced today by Wolverhampton’s Economic Growth Board. Business Week will run from Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2, 2015. Among the events planned by the Economic Growth Board – which is made up of the city’s key public sector organisations and leading business representatives – are the ‘Annual Business Breakfast’ and ‘Meet the Buyer - Investing in Business’.
The interactive breakfast event will be chaired by Declan Curry, the award winning and long-standing business journalist. There will also be a ‘City Jobs Fair – Investing in the Workforce’ for local people, featuring 50 local and national employers and training providers.
Last year’s Business Week saw on line sports retailer, Wiggle, choose Wolverhampton as its new national base, and the city selected to host the Midlands’ biggest aerospace industry conference. John Wood, Director of Caparo Industries and Chair of the Economic Growth Board, said: “Business Week is delivered by businesses for businesses, working in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council, who are showing great leadership in driving forward investment in the city.
“The Annual Business Breakfast is an opportunity for businesses to have their say in the economic future of the city, learn what business support is available and network with leading private and public sector organisations across Wolverhampton. “The inaugural Business Week in 2014 was a great success and we hope to better it this time round.”
Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, added. “Business Week is a platform to showcase the city's achievements and ambitions, and is an opportunity to bring people together to shape the city's economic future and bring prosperity to all.
“Wolverhampton was ranked within the top ten fastest-growing areas of the UK for gross value added (GVA) - the value of goods and services it produces - between 2009 and 2013. “It is clear Wolverhampton is the right location for businesses looking to relocate and it is the right time for existing businesses to invest in future growth and a developing workforce.
“Partners across the city are working together to bring jobs, training, opportunity and prosperity to Wolverhampton, making it a great place to live, work, visit and do business.” The flagship event on the Business Week calendar – ‘Wolverhampton's Annual Business Breakfast - Investing in the City’ – has already seen leading companies like Marston’s, William Gough Ltd, Carillion, Handelsbanken, Bulleys, Virgin Trains, MOOG, and Carvers confirm their attendance.