Businesses discover regeneration and Olympic opportunities in Solihull
(3rd March 2008) More than 50 representatives of businesses from across Solihull attended a special event to highlight the opportunities presented by the Regenerating North Solihull project and the 2012 Olympics.
The event at The Forum at Birmingham Business Park on Friday was organised by Solihull Council along with Advantage West Midlands, West Midlands Business Council and Goodman, the owners of the venue.
Lynda Hackwell, head of community and economic regeneration at Solihull Council, said: "Regenerating North Solihull is a 15 year scheme incorporating Â£1.8 billion public and private sector investment to transform the three wards of Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge. It is our intention to help local businesses engage with the Regeneration Scheme and create job opportunities.
"The London 2012 Olympics will be a national large scale project that will require support, goods and services from a wide-range of firms – from multinationals to small sole traders and in every sector – and there is no doubt that the Midlands and its businesses will play a key role in supporting this event.
"The 'Tendering for Success' workshop was a great chance for local businesses to hear about contract opportunities from regeneration specialists InPartnership and the West Midlands Business Council, who outlined available support and tendering processes ."
The event was a continuation of support being offered by Solihull Council and its partners to help local business become "fit to compete" for contracts.
Janet Bradbury, chief executive of the North Solihull Partnership, the public/private consortium driving the regeneration project made up of Solihull Council, Bellway Homes, Inpartnership and Whitefrairs Housing Group, said getting local workers and businesses involved in the regeneration project is absolutely crucial to its long term success.
She said: "Not only will it help give the local community a stronger feeling of ownership if much of the building work has been carried out by local people and local businesses, the work will also help these companies grow and employ more local people in the future, further boosting the local economy and in the long term creating a totally sustainable community."