SOLIHULL Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has secured assurances that Solihull’s position as a top centre for business is safe.
It was recently reported that the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership were considering dropping ‘Solihull’ from their name.
Mrs Burt took swift action along with local Lib Dem councillor Ian Hedley to seek assurances from Andy Street, the chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, that Solihull would not be rubbed out of the name.
Mr Street, managing director of John Lewis, assured the anxious Lib Dem representatives he would not be pushing for a name change.
Coun Hedley said: “One of the reasons I’m proud of Solihull is it’s a fantastic place to do business. It would be crazy to drop it from the Local Enterprise Partnership, even if in name only.
“To attract investment Solihull and Birmingham need to shout from the hilltops about how we work together to support jobs and businesses. We are stronger together.”
Mrs Burt said, “Solihull is the jewel in the crown of business in the West Midlands, which must be reflected in the name of the highly successful Local Enterprise Partnership.
“I was very pleased to receive Andy Street’s assurances that Solihull’s position is secure.
“As the local MP I will fiercely stand up for Solihull’s interests.”