A hugely successful business summit attracted delegates from more than 90 businesses of all sizes, from across Tamworth and Lichfield.
The Your Business, Your Voice event was organised by Tamworth and Lichfield For Business – the shared economic development service for Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council – at Drayton Manor’s Tower Suite.
The event was TLforB’s first business summit and was designed to give businesses the opportunity to speak to politicians about issues affecting them, to let the politicians share their priorities and views on business growth and to launch the wide-ranging business survey for Tamworth and Lichfield.
High-profile speakers at the summit included Tamworth MP Chris Pincher, Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, Lichfield District Council Leader Cllr Mike Wilcox, Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Tony Goodwin and Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams. The event was chaired by BBC Home Editor Mark Easton.
A total of 108 delegates attended the event, where items under discussion included the proposals for a West Midlands Combined Authority, growth hubs, Local Enterprise Partnerships and business support. Feedback from businesses, delegates and speakers was hugely positive and the event is being hailed as a big success.
The Your Business, Your Voice summit also saw the launch the Business Survey for Tamworth and Lichfield.
The survey is open to every business in the Tamworth and Lichfield areas, of any size and type. It aims to capture the opinions and needs of businesses across the two areas, with the results being used to create strong, long-lasting relationships between the two local authorities and businesses. Results will also be used to tailor business support where there are gaps in the existing provision.
The survey covers topics including staffing and skills, location, plans for future growth and business support.
The survey can be found online at www.tlforbsurvey.co.uk where it will be open until early November. A number of telephone interviews will also be carried out with some of the key businesses in the two areas. The results of the survey will be published in the New Year.