Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP and managing director of John Lewis, is to address Solihull town centre businesses in a breakfast event hosted by Solihull Business Improvement District (BID).
The LEP has duty to drive economic development across the West Midlands region, providing the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership required to drive sustainable private sector growth and job creation.
The event, which will take place on 14th March at the Ramada Hotel, is fast-becoming a sell-out, with many of the 488 businesses within the BID district keen to hear, first-hand, not only about the LEP’s progress but also John Lewis’ strategy for the continued success of its Solihull store in view of the 2014 opening of a major new one in Birmingham.
Shirley Sturzaker, Director of Solihull BID, said: “This is the perfect time to welcome Andy to Solihull. His visit comes just weeks after the town secured a Top 10 place for business competitiveness in the UK, in the Santander Towns and Cities Index and was also shown to be bucking the economic trend, yet again, with well below English average shop vacancy rates.
“It’s looking like it will be another sell-out event and I am looking forward to hearing about what the future holds and the opportunity to share, with Andy, how Solihull is using a partnership approach to deliver economic success.”
As well as his role as Chair of GBSLEP, Andy Street is a Trustee of Performances Birmingham, responsible for running the City’s Symphony and Town Halls. He chairs the newly formed Speaker’s Advisory Council in Public Engagement; is a member of the London First Board and is part of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.