ONE of the main reasons businesses join Solihull Chamber is because they want to connect to new business opportunities. Through our networking events and just putting one member in contact with another, business is carried out.
And using local suppliers is what many of the major businesses are doing. It is much easier to call a chap round the corner about design changes to products or to check on quality issues, than to contact a company overseas.
Jaguar Land Rover is using 116 companies based in the UK and 50 per cent are from the Midlands, to support the production of the F-Type, the company’s new sportscar. And this in turn is helping to create 9,000 new jobs.
The Chamber works hard to ensure local industry is the first to learn about procurement opportunities.
Work on HS2 will be part of kick starting the UK economy and it represents a huge opportunity for local businesses.
The Chamber helps businesses find tender opportunities and learn through an advanced programme how to successfully negotiate, bid and win. There is a tender alerts service which offers companies a bespoke search package designed around their business to match with every tender opportunity. For more information call Jonathan Crosbie on 0121 607 1891.