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Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership confirms speakers for 2018 Annual Conference

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has confirmed the speaker line-up for its fifth Annual Conference, which is taking place on Wednesday 26 September at The REP, Birmingham.

The event will feature speeches from GBSLEP Chair Tim Pile and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street will discuss the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy and how GBSLEP is working with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on its co-production.

The future of the regional economy is in the spotlight this year, with an agenda that features experts from a range of high growth sectors: Creative Industries; Business, Financial & Professional Services; Life Sciences; Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Technologies.

A lively panel discussion will involve:

  • Michael Mychajluk, Production Purchasing Manager at Jaguar Land Rover
  • Anita Bhalla OBE, Director of Creative Industries at GBSLEP and Chair of Performances Birmingham Ltd
  • Carmen Watson, Chair of Pertemps
  • Ken Garner, Chief Executive Officer at Dignio Ltd
  • Matthew Rhodes, Director of Stimulating Innovation at GBSLEP and Chair of Energy Capital

Chris Loughran, Deputy Chair, will reflect on achievements of the programme over the last year. Tim Pile will highlight the impact the LEP has had on the local economy.

Tim Pile commented:

“Greater Birmingham and Solihull has thrived during the last year, with increasing levels of private sector employment and foreign direct investment. The region is continuing to cement its position as the leading city region for economic growth.

“GBSLEP and its partners are working hard to meet the targets set out in its Strategic Economic Plan, to create a vibrant, successful region that is generating business growth and employment opportunities.

“The Annual Conference provides an opportunity to reflect on this year’s successes, look ahead to the future, and engage with organisations that will help to drive progress across Greater Birmingham and Solihull.”

There will be a particular focus on the creative industries – with Steven Knight and Anita Bhalla discussing progress in the sector, such as the region’s work to attract Channel 4. Meanwhile, GBSLEP Director Katie Trout will focus on the LEP’s future priorities and upcoming activity.

More than 300 delegates have confirmed their attendance at the Conference, which is free to attend. To register, click here