The Black Country Chamber of Commerce held a roundtable meeting on 5th September, with some of the area’s key manufacturing employers in attendance.
Chaired by Chamber President, Adrian Wright, the strategic meeting sought to gain a better understanding of the problems manufacturers across the region currently face, and what the Chamber can do to help raise the profile of these issues.
The businesses in attendance prioritised a number of priority issues that they would like to see action on, including:
With a particular focus on Brexit, businesses in attendance expressed a concern over the lack of clarity coming from central Government, especially with regards to freedom of movement for EU nationals and post-Brexit trade relations with individual European states.
In addition to Brexit, those who took part in the roundtable discussion also brought up the issue of power infrastructure, with particular concern around cost and reliability.
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As part of the manufacturing focus campaign, the Black Country Chamber will be running a programme of events to provide relevant and up-to-date insight to manufacturers throughout the region.
The Black Country Chamber is 1 of 52 accredited Chambers of Commerce, representing around 1,500 businesses who employ over 67,500 employees across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.