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Businesses Expo to coincide with Birmingham 2022 bid

The Birmingham 2022 bid team has unveiled its Business Expo 2022 programme, a five-year enterprise and industry programme to showcase the best of UK industry and business to a global audience.

The Birmingham 2022 bid team has unveiled plans to showcase the best of UK industry and business to a global audience, as part of its 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.

Business Expo 2022, and the associated five-year 'Enterprise and Industry Programme' building up to it, would form a key part of the legacy left by a Birmingham Games.

In addition to showcasing the best of UK industry and business to a global audience, Business Expo 2022 will create inter-connecting opportunities between Commonwealth nations and key global markets from the USA, Middle East, China and non-Brexit Europe.

The core elements of the Programme will be:

  • Business Expo 2022 – a four day conference and exhibition attracting 10,000 delegates from Commonwealth Nations, core markets, core industry sectors and UK sectors, featuring ministerial level representatives and business leaders
  • Business Expo 2022 Thought Leadership Conference – will showcase new keynote research commissioned specifically for the Expo into: The Future of Industry, Business Opportunities in UK Post-Brexit
  • Lead-up Expo events – in 2019 and 2021, smaller scale regional expos will combine relevant business themes with a trade fair and conference to showcase the UK as a business and investment destination
  • An education and technology programme, linked to the future of industry and enterprise will be developed in conjunction with university partners and school partnerships

Business Expo 2022 will be hosted at the internationally recognised NEC, situated on a site which also includes the Genting Arena with a combined total of 200,000 sq m, it is the UK’s, and one of Europe’s, largest indoor facilities. With expertise in regularly hosting major events, the Expo will take place ahead of the Commonwealth Games, optimising the extent of the indoor space that partnership with NEC Group affords, along with unequalled connectivity and accessibility.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and member of Birmingham 2022 bid team, said: “The business community in Greater Birmingham will fully support this initiative. It presents a huge range of opportunities for all businesses and the bid itself will bring a focus on Birmingham at a time when it is driving its importance on the global stage. The Games are recognised as having the potential to generate in excess of £390m for the local economy, create thousands of jobs and catapult the region onto the global stage.”

Support for Birmingham’s 2022 bid comes from a broad range of sectors, including financial services, legal, property, technology, manufacturing, leisure and entertainment, luxury brands and consumer goods.

The best of British business, from those founded and headquartered in Birmingham through to global institutions with a significant presence in the city, recognise the benefits and opportunities that a Birmingham 2022 Games will deliver.

Drawing on their experiences of the city, these businesses believe that Birmingham would deliver a fantastic Commonwealth Games that will benefit the entire region.

With just weeks to go before the decision is made as to whether an English Bid will be submitted, and if so, who will become the UK’s Candidate City, these businesses are urging the selectors to pick Birmingham: the city that is gaining confidence in its role as Britain’s second city; enjoying an economic, sporting and cultural renaissance; and a city focused on regeneration and rejuvenation.

Antonio Simoes, cief executive of HSBC Bank plc, said: “Birmingham is a dynamic city with a strong track record of hosting major events and it would make a fantastic host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"Our roots in the UK began in Birmingham over 180 years ago and we chose the city as the home of HSBC UK’s new head office because of its strong connectivity at the heart of the UK and its ongoing revitalisation.

“We want to build a better bank for our customers and people. A successful bid would be great news for local businesses, the local economy and the Midlands region as a whole.”

Sir Dominic Cadbury, added: “The City of Birmingham’s economic and cultural renaissance increasingly attracts global interest and investment. Its prestige institutions facilities services and location make it a world class candidate to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”