Category: Blog

Meet our Board Directors – Saqib Bhatti

Posted by lepadmin - July 28, 2016 - Blog

Saqib Bhatti is LEP Board Director with responsibility for Growing Businesses. Here are his thoughts on the opportunities ahead for businesses in the GBSLEP area. “For me there are two key opportunities we must make the most of.  The first is as part of the devolution deal and the West Midlands’ Combined Authority. The LEP …

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Meet the Executive Team – Ian McLaughlan

Posted by lepadmin - July 27, 2016 - Blog

Ian McLaughlan talks to us about his role as Growth Hub manager, helping deliver the right support for businesses to grow and invest in the GBSLEP area. What is your role? The LEP’s aim is to drive economic growth across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, we can’t do that without helping businesses to grow …

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Disruption is a time of opportunity

Posted by lepadmin - July 26, 2016 - Blog

The regions leaders must act now to make the most of the opportunities following the EU Referendum according to Chair Andy Street in a recent comment piece to the Birmingham Post – first published in The Birmingham Post 7 July 2016 “In your excellent round up of post Brexit reaction last week, there was one …

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Meet the Board Directors – Andrew Cleaves

Posted by lepadmin - June 30, 2016 - Blog, Uncategorized

Andrew Cleaves has recently changed his role on the LEP Board from ‘Improving Connectivity’ to ‘Improving Skills’. Andrew spoke to us the challenges ahead and the achievements he is most proud of. What is your role in the LEP? I have recently changed my role on the LEP from Transport and Digital Connectivity to leading …

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Meet the Executive Team – Maria Lopez

Posted by lepadmin - June 30, 2016 - Blog

Maria Lopez is GBSLEP Employment and Skills Manager with responsible for supporting the Employment and Skills agenda across the LEP geography and our Board Director for Improving Skills, Andrew Cleaves. What is your role? This is a strategic role that involves developing and managing an approach for employment and skills that will benefit employers and local …

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Meet the Executive Team – Katie Judge

Posted by lepadmin - May 24, 2016 - Blog

Katie Judge is our Executive Officer for Key Sectors. Katie works with our Sector Champions, partners and stakeholders to identify opportunities and design interventions. Tell me about your role? “The role of myself and other members of the LEP Executive is to provide professional, policy and administrative support to LEP partners, in particular the LEP …

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Meet the Board Anita Bhalla

Posted by lepadmin - May 24, 2016 - Blog

Anita Bhalla spent 26-year with the BBC, from being one of the first regionally based bi-media correspondents to being Head of the BBC’s Public Space Broadcasting. She has also presented Channel 4’s Eastern Eye and other national programmes. Anita is currently Chair of Performances Birmingham Ltd (Town Hall and Symphony Hall), Chair of the Creative …

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Meet the Board – Simon Marks

Posted by lepadmin - April 28, 2016 - Blog

Simon Marks is GBSLEP non-executive director for Optimising Assets. Simon, a Director of Arcadis Design and Consultancy firm, has more than 30 years experience in the delivery of major residential developments, automotive facilities, infrastructure, public sector transformation and capital projects. What is your role in the LEP? “I am the Chair and lead for the …

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January 2016

Posted by lepadmin - January 29, 2016 - Blog

Our Chair, Andy Street reflects on the successes of 2015 and the challenges and opportunities ahead in 2016. “For certain the global economy has started 2016 in a much more uncertain way than I suspect any of us could have anticipated.  Against that background it is even more important to reflect on the strong foundations …

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Anita Bhalla Blog

Posted by lepadmin - August 27, 2014 - Blog, Creative City Partnership, People, Place, Social Enterprise

Young Digital and Diverse Ideas and creativity turns base materials into world class products – the creative industries are vital in all sectors of the economy including exports, attracting £1.25 Billion to the local economy. Birmingham’s cultural and creative sector is now ready to step out of the long shadows cast by London, Manchester and …

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