RESIDENTS of Redditch are being urged have their say on an ambitious vision for the future of Greater Birmingham.
At a special roadshow at Heart of Worcestershire College, Osprey House on Albert Street, members of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, which includes Redditch, will explain their Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for 2016-30.
The SEP sets out an ambitious vision for the region, known as ‘Greater Birmingham’ to become a top global city region by 2030 and, in doing so, to raise the quality of life for all of those that live and work here.
Working within the West Midlands Combined Authority and with other LEPs the aim is to make the area ‘the best region in the UK to do business’.
At the event locals will be invited to share their views on the vision, objectives and priorities set out in the SEP, as well as discussing how businesses, residents and organisations can work together to realise the vision.
Objectives include to create jobs and grow the economy of Greater Birmingham & Solihull and in so doing raise the quality of life for all of the LEP’s population.
The successful delivery relies on:
• Increasing business and workforce productivity and competitiveness – particularly by raising skills levels and stimulating demand-led innovation.
• Increasing private sector investment, including overseas investment;
• Increasing business survival and growth;
• Increasing exports particularly amongst Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs); and
• Reducing unemployment.
Places at the roadshow, which runs from 9.30am to 12noon, are limited so attendance is by RSVP only through Nick Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who can’t attend can still express their views by completing the consultation online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XK9WZRZ.