Chamber benefits from West Midlands boom

Chamber benefits from West Midlands boom

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce saw more companies join the chamber last month than ever before as the region’s economy goes from strength-to-strength.

It’s an exciting time for businesses in the West Midlands, despite the global headwinds that have affected sectors across the UK, the region is going from strength-to-strength.

The continuing recovery and success of companies in the Greater Birmingham area in particular are credited with being one of the reasons for record membership figures achieved by the region’s largest business support organisation.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) returned a record month for membership in November, with over 80 new companies joining the organisation, which covers Birmingham, Solihull, Burton, Lichfield, Tamworth, Chase and Sutton Coldfield.

Paul Kehoe, the chamber’s president and chief executive at Birmingham Airport, said: "The team at the GBCC deserves huge credit for achieving a remarkable result during November.

"This is the best ever performance since records began and the efforts of our membership team in achieving this reflect the renaissance the region is undergoing in terms of new business at home and abroad.

"We believe it is important the Chamber is a centre for all businesses in Greater Birmingham to work together to bring prosperity to the region and this is certainly working.

"We know that through networking and togetherness there is a recipe for success at home and globally. Many businesses regard the Chamber is another arm to their operations, given the wide range of services and support we offer.

"Our International Business Hub has embraced the challenge delivered by the Prime Minister at the Conservative Party conference to create a Global Britain post Brexit. We shall be unstinting in our efforts to take Greater Birmingham business to the rest of the country and the world."

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, added: "Our record month is a great achievement for the whole chamber but the front-line of our efforts is the membership team, who have achieved remarkable figures in a notoriously difficult field.

"We will celebrate this success but not relax our efforts. We talk to hundreds of business every month and it is obviously from what they tell us that working together with the chamber is the best way to business success."

The success of the chamber has also been praised by Andrew Harrison, managing director of corporate and commercial banking at NatWest in the Midlands and the East of England, who has praised the role the business support organisation plays in helping the regions businesses succeed and grow.

Harrison said: "NatWest is a long standing patron of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. We believe that connectivity between businesses and access to networks drives economic growth. 

"The chamber is at the heart of the Birmingham community and undertakes this critical role of bringing businesses together.

"I am therefore delighted to see that even more businesses will benefit from this vibrant network and the valuable services that the chamber offers."