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Tory candidate backs ‘fantastic’ Chambers’ manifesto

16 March 2017

Andy Street is supporting the “fantastic job” the region’s three Chambers of Commerce are doing in the build-up for when the West Midlands elects a mayor.

The Conservative candidate gave his backing to a “manifesto” drawn up by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

He said: "The Chambers of Commerce in the West Midlands have done a fantastic job of setting out what businesses need at this crucial time for the West Midlands.

"The proposals in my own Renewal Plan for the West Midlands match the Chambers’ ambitions for the region. As Mayor I will deliver the transport, homes, jobs, skills and business growth the West Midlands needs to reclaim its rightful place in the world."

The blueprint, entitled Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor, sets out the priorities and actions the Chambers would like to see a West Midlands Mayor deliver on. They are:

• Providing vision, leadership and promotion
• Making the west midlands the best possible place to do business
• Developing world-class transport infrastructure
• Ensuring a skills ecosystem fit for the future
• Fostering a greater place to live, work and visit
• Leading the region through Brexit

It was written in a partnership between the three Chambers and developed in consultation with their members.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: "We are delighted that Andy has added his backing to our ‘manifesto’. Combined, the three Chambers of Commerce behind this document represents over 5,000 members and have championed the needs of businesses for over 200 years.

"The historic election of the first ever West Midlands Mayor represents a huge opportunity for the successful candidate to shape the region into being the best possible place to start, grow and move a business.

"We are challenging all of the candidates to show their support for our priorities and will be asking the successful candidate to show us the progress they have made against each area during their term as Mayor."

On May 4 voters across Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton will head to the polls to elect the region’s first Mayor.

The Mayor will chair the newly formed West Midlands Combined Authority and hold specific powers over strategy, budget setting and transport.

More information on Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor can be found here.

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are also a Principal Partner in West Mids Elects.

Click here for more information. Chamber members wishing to attend the West Mids Elects flagship Birmingham hustings on April 4 can register their interest here.

Pictured: Paul Faulkner and Andy Street

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