PAUL Thandi, the chief executive of the NEC Group has been elected president of Solihull Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking following his election at last week’s chamber AGM Mr Thandi said that despite the gloomy times ahead there was much to look forward to in Solihull.
He said: “These are extraordinary times we are living through. Not simply because of the current economic conditions – but, more positively, in the significant potential for longer term economic growth and development that exists here in Solihull right now.
“For example there is the runway extension at Birmingham International which will provide the region with the international links it needs to be a global player; there is the current Solihull Business Improvement District work – designed to reinvigorate the commercial heart of Solihull; and there is the prospect of more than a thousand new jobs in the borough from the first of the new generation large casinos – hopefully at the NEC site as part of a longer-term master plan for the venue.”
Mr Thandi said Solihull chamber was more than holding its own in the current climate.
“The chamber supports local businesses throughout their lifecycles from start-up, through development, growth and beyond. And, especially, it supports business when times are tough.
“It is one of the only chambers in the whole country still to be growing its membership at this current time – which is an outstanding achievement for Jane Jackson, the director of Solihull Chamber, her team and the executive council of the chamber.
“It is not going to be easy – I believe the economy still has some shocks in store for us.
“But by working together we will find a way for Solihull businesses to create new products, new markets, new customers, new business – and, these will lead to new revenue growth and, in time, new jobs.”