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Bruton Knowles hosted Insider magazine’s latest roundtable debate at Embassy House.

The meeting was chaired by Ian Griffin, business editor of Insider, and looked at the barriers to growing the West Midlands’ economy. 

A high-powered panel of experts debated the issues, with land shortages, transport infrastructure, funding and skills featuring prominently.

Ian Mercer, a partner in Bruton Knowles’ development team, said: “The West Midlands is in a relatively good place, thanks to devolution driving progress and recent foreign investment successes.

“Our challenge is to maintain that momentum and I was really encouraged by the reported collaboration of the councils and public bodies involved in the Combined Authority, putting historic tensions aside to focus on the growth and success of the region.”

With Ian batting for the home team, the full line-up included:

Dav Bansal, director, Glenn Howells Architects
Paul Brown, government and public sector director, EY
Richard Fielding, area director, Morgan Sindall
David Jobling, associate, Arcadis
Tim Johnson, strategic director for place, City of Wolverhampton Council
Ian Lane, manager, West Midlands Canal & Rivers Trust
Mark Martin, chair, Worcestershire LEP Business Board
Waheed Nazir, director of economy, Birmingham City Council
Steve McAleavy, interim director of transport services, Transport for West Midlands
Rob Valentine, director for Birmingham, Bruntwood
Mark Williams, business development consultant, Rider Levett Bucknall
Melanie Williams, partner, DWF
Rupert Young, development director, Nurton Developments

Thanks to all for taking part!

Look out for Ian Griffin’s full report on the event in the October edition of Insider magazine.


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