WE in Solihull know what is best for Solihull and it seems the Government agrees.
In his Autumn Statement last week, George Osborne announced that new money would be made available for the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP).
And that Government would follow the recommendations of the Heseltine Review to create a single pot for LEPs to bid into, for local infrastructure projects and skills.
Lord Heseltine has already identified Chambers of Commerce as being key in supporting LEPs as they take on a more important role in local economic development.
The president of Solihull Chamber of Commerce is Alan Volkaerts, who sits on the LEP Board with a remit for skills and training.
Alan also represents manufacturing as the operations director of the JaguarLandRover plant at Lode Lane.
Companies which care about the economic environment in Solihull and want to help to build business and create jobs can do no better than to join what will be an influential organisation, the Chamber of Commerce.
Through Alan we already have a voice to the local decision makers, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.
And as part of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group we have a strong voice direct to the policy makers in Whitehall.