Bruton Knowles recently hosted a roundtable discussion on investment in the West Midlands.
Organised by Midlands Business Insider magazine, the event was held at our Birmingham office, in Embassy House, and was attended by a select panel of experts from the private and public sector, including Stewart Towe, chairman of the Black Country LEP, Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council’s acting strategic director for economy, Richard Hutchins, deputy chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, and Tony Green, chief executive of Hortons’ Estate, to name but a few.
It was an interesting a lively discussion that tackled a range of issues, from investing in property to skills and transport, and the challenges and opportunities they present for the region.
Richard Hutchins said: "We’ve won over people’s minds with the major investments we have attracted. There’s now a big opportunity to win over their hearts as well because people have to make decisions about where they live, where they want to send their kids to school and where they want to go out at night.
"We recently brought HSBC workers from London to show them what the region has to offer in terms of theatres, schools and shopping; they were completely blown away with positivity."
However, Tony Green from property developer Hortons’ Estate, said although the city had improved hugely in recent years, it needed to be more self-confident.”
Ian Mercer, partner and head of development at Bruton Knowles in Birmingham, agreed: “The region needs to be better at selling its strengths. We have businesses based in the West Midlands who are world-leaders in the advanced manufacturing and aerospace industries but we don’t do enough to promote this.”
Read the full report from the roundtable in Midlands Business Insider.