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A Greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain

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As you may be aware, this is the title of the latest draft Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).

The Partnership is currently consulting on the draft SEP with the deadline of this Friday approaching. GBSLEP is keen to hear from as many businesses and other stakeholders as possible.

You can find more details on the draft SEP here. There is also a general survey which you can complete.

The draft SEP seeks to raise GBSLEP’s ambition for Greater Birmingham to be the major driver of the UK economy outside London by becoming a top global city region – and sets out a vision for achieving this that reflects the area’s competitive strengths. The document updates GBSLEPs targets, including in the challenging areas of skills and productivity.

GBSLEP says it is focused on increasing Greater Birmingham’s competitiveness for private sector investment, including foreign direct investment (FDI), and the competitiveness of businesses, supply chains and the workforce, including for export.

The SEP states its three strategic priorities are:

  1. To be a world leader in innovation and creativity
  2. To take greater advantage of our global connections
  3. To create stronger conditions for growth.

BPS Birmingham works closely with GBSLEP on a range of initiatives, with our chair Ahmed Farooq the ‘sector champion’ for business, professional and financial services. We are submitting our own response to the draft SEP and have been consulting with members, but we would welcome further input from you.

We would be grateful if you would complete the survey here by the end of Thursday 8th September. It will take around five minutes. We will factor in the responses in the findings of the survey into our response.

Please do take a few moments to look at the Plan (or a summary of it) and let us and GBSLEP know what you think, either directly or through the surveys.