C&W businesses being urged to feedback on industrial strategy

Thursday 16th of February 2017 02:27 PM

Three key business organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire have joined forces to allow the region’s firms to feedback to Government on its Industrial Strategy.

The CWLEP Growth Hub has initiated a survey, together with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), to get the views of companies from across the city and the county.

The partners want to ensure that the strategy can help to reinforce the region’s ambition to improve living standards, improve productivity and drive economic growth.

Craig Humphrey, managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said by joining forces it would send a clear message to Government in what businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire wanted from the Industrial Strategy.

He said: “The consultation offers us an opportunity to stand together and influence the strategy to ensure the best possible future for our businesses in areas such as skills, infrastructure, support and finance that are core elements to ensure Coventry and Warwickshire’s growth and prosperous future.

“I’m pleased that we have the opportunity to join forces and resources with our partners at the Chamber and FSB to get a strong picture together and achieve a solid representation in front of national government.

“We are confident that businesses will recognise the relevance of the Industrial Strategy and make use of the opportunity to influence the key decision makers by taking part in the local consultation.”

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber conducts a Quarterly Economic Survey every three months in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and that is a great barometer for the regional economy as it’s vital that we listen to the businesses on this patch.

“We are, therefore, delighted to be working with the CWLEP Growth Hub on this consultation to ensure that the views of businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire on the new Industrial Strategy are heard and are considered by Government.”

Paul Miles Rogers, FSB Warwickshire & Coventry Chair said: “The Industrial Strategy is the start of an economic blueprint for the UK, and it includes elements of a locally-driven approach aimed at improving skills, infrastructure delivery, connectivity and public procurement. It is vital therefore that the views of business from our region are considered.

“FSB urge businesses, both big and small, and those from all business sectors to respond to the consultation.”

 The local consultation ends on February 28, 2017 at 12noon. Businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire are urged to participate and voice their ideas, feedback and concerns on issues addressed in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper. You can participate here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FRWT8HX

Contact the CWLEP Growth Hub for support and questions on the consultation via 0300 060 3747.