SWEEPING changes that would re-vitalise businesses across Greater Birmingham and eventually the UK are proposed in a ground-breaking report prepared by Birmingham Chamber Group (BCG).
The document, “Growing Business and Jobs”, is the Chamber’s response to the Heseltine Report “No Stone Unturned”, which advocates “a strong and stable, locally-based, private sector business support infrastructure. This should be centred on an enhanced role for chambers”.
The report is designed to be included in the response by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) to Lord Heseltine’s recommendations.
The report proposes an integrated package of service content, including a first-stop-shop for all businesses in the LEP area, a new focus of support through business groups and networks including mentoring help and - centrally - a growth promotions service targeting the “broad mass of slow-growers with an appetite or opportunity for growth”.
The Chamber’s proposals are designed to be incorporated within the wider GBSLEP vision of a business support solution, built by the region for the region.
Jerry Blackett, the BCG’s chief executive and author of the report, said: “We are very clear that this is ‘not Chambers as they are but about what they can become’.
“This is about chambers of commerce across the UK changing to meet the needs of the 21st century and Birmingham Chamber is delighted to be leading the redefinition of what being the ‘go to’ organisation for businesses seeking help and advice means for chambers.
“Spotting business at growth points is more effective if you are in a long-term relationship with those businesses.”