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Telecom firms spends £296 million with local suppliers

11 February 2019

Telecommunications organisation, BT, spends £296 million with suppliers in the West Midlands, according to a new report.

The report, carried out by independent economics consultancy Hatch Regeneris, also found that BT employs 5,780 people and contributes £1,130 million in GVA to the region,

In the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area, 1 in every 12 employees in the IT and communications sector was directly employed by the BT Group.

The West Midlands was one of all English regions detailed in the Economic Impact of BT Group plc in the UK report, which found that the group was responsible for generating every £1 in every £75 produced in the UK.

The report includes the contribution of all parts of BT Group, including Openreach, mobile network provider EE and BT’s Consumer and Enterprise divisions.

Jane Wood, BT Group UK nations and regions director, said: “Few companies play as important a role in national, regional and local communities as BT Group.

“Not only does BT connect friends, families and businesses across the UK, but we also put premium fuel in the tank of the nation’s economy. The report shows that BT generates £1 in every £75 of wealth in the UK.

“We’re proud to be one of the UK’s largest private sector employers and investors. Our investments, including the latest 5G mobile technology through our mobile network EE, will ensure the UK continues to be one of the world’s best-connected economies.”

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