Business Crime Newsletter

20th August 2015

The latest Business Bulletin from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner can be viewed here

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Broadband Scheme

7th August 2015

Broadband Connection Voucher scheme
Your business could get up to £3k towards faster and better broadband, through the Broadband ... more »


Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy

25th July 2013

Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy

The Black Country Skills Factory is now accepting applications for its Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy. They are offering subsidies of up to £1,500 for SME companies who have not taken on an engineering apprentice for the past 12months (T&C apply). The subsidy is open to all SME’s within the Black Country and is in addition to other subsidies including the AGE grant. The subsidies are available one per company and are conditional on a minimum hourly rate (35 hours a week).

Further information or contact Jacki Lakin 07944 268712.


Property Investment Programme

25th July 2013

Investment totalling £24m is to be ploughed into The Black Country economy to help small to medium sized businesses expand or acquire new business accommodation. Grants will be made available through The Black Country Business Property Investment Programme (BCBPIP), which is being supported with £6.7m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Contributions from the four local authorities in The Black Country - Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton - will be added to the pot, alongside funding from private sector businesses that have been selected to take part in the programme. The funding will be made available to improve existing business premises and help develop and create new business accommodation.
Full article.


Regional Growth Fund

25th July 2013

Regional Growth Fund

Selected projects and programmes for the fourth round of the government’s Regional Growth Fund were announced on 11 July and includes £57m allocated to the West Midlands and a conditional offer to Sandwell MBC for their Growing Priority Sectors in the Black Country.

Full article


Regualtion and Growth

25th July 2013

The four Black Country Local Authorities are working with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce to lessen the regulatory burden on businesses and to see how the regulatory system can in fact be used to stimulate wealth and jobs.
Under a scheme called Better Business for All (BBfA) the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is driving positive relationships between regulators and business; helping those businesses that want to be helped whilst maintaining a strong enforcement profile where there is deliberate non-compliance or uncontrolled risk.
The Local Authorities are undertaking a survey of Black Country businesses so they can better understand how to prioritise improvements – both to regulations and regulators. The survey is available on-line.
Further information.

Survey closing date 31st July 2013.


Trade Mission to India

25th July 2013

With lacklustre growth in the UK and the EU you may be wishing to export further afield.
Wolverhampton City Council in conjunction with UKTI are arranging a Trade Mission to India covering Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Ludhiana and Hyderabad.
Pre-visit support is available from UKTI
Further information (login required or phone 01384 563050).


25th July 2013

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has joined forces with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group (BCCG) to support a wide-ranging review of the region’s transport network.
Chief executives Jerry Blackett (BCCG) and Margaret Corneby (BCC) have offered their backing to Atkins Global, which has been commissioned by the Government to carry out a review of transport in the cities and regions. They say “We wish to convey our support for the proposed Transport Governance Review. The decision to launch a review of the transport arrangements in the West Midlands presents an opportunity to acknowledge the weaknesses of the current governance and is an opportunity to move towards more effective integration to deal with long-term structural challenges to the transport network.”

“Transport in the West Midlands needs to be an enabler of the region’s economic growth strategy. The roles and responsibilities of transport bodies in the West Midlands have often been unclear, duplicative, and inefficient. Transport planning, funding, and delivery are currently managed by several different bodies, including local authorities, cross-boundary bodies, central government, and other stakeholders in the public and private sector. This split means that individual bodies are often limited in their scope. Business ...

Training Courses

23rd July 2013

The following training days are held by Black Country Chamber of Commerce. For further details contact Christine Bate on 0845 8724256 or email

Manual Handling & Working at Heights
2nd July
One day

IOSH Working Safely
3rd July
Four days

Inwards Importing Workshop
11th July
One day

Smarter Cost Saving
23rd July
One day

Meet the Funder Event

17th July 2013

Meet the Funder Event

Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
Free for businesses and Intermediaries attending with their client.
17th July 2013 (Two sessions)  8am – 12noon
Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park, WV6 0PE.

Dowload PDF Details and Application Form

The BCLEP, and its partners, are dedicated to removing barriers to business growth and acknowledge that those barriers can sometimes be financial. In response to this barrier, the BCLEP is hosting a Meet the Funder event which will enable businesses to meet a range of financial providers and advisors. 
The event is designed to provide businesses with the knowledge to choose the most appropriate source for funding projects, from thousands to millions of pounds, hear impartial advice to help decide on the funding streams most suitable to the needs of your business.
The event will include:
•    An overview of the government – backed funding streams launched or due to be launched
•    An opportunity for one-to-one meetings to discuss your funding options further or any applications you are thinking of making will be available to all of those in attendance.
•    An opportunity to speak with a range of banks and non-bank lenders

Intermediaries are welcome to attend ...

Business Fraud and Crime Reduction Seminar

9th July 2013

Business Fraud and Crime Reduction Seminar

Free for Chamber members and non members
Time: 9am - 12 Noon
Place: GTG Training, Bearing Drive, Wednesfield, WV11 3SZ

Download PDF Details and Application Form

Book online:


Phone Events: 0845 872 4256

Interactive Mock Employment Tribunal

2nd July 2013

Interactive Mock Employment Tribunal

Joe Ninety v Black Country Council – Unfair dismissal or Not?

Black Country Chamber of Commerce and George Green LLP are staging a Mock Employment Tribunal.
Come along to find out how Joe Ninety fares with his claim for Unfair Dismissal against Black Country Council. Joe was dismissed for using Facebook and Twitter at work and criticising his employer using social media.
The event has been designed to engage the audience in debate and participation. George Green together with 3 Paper Buildings barristers are also asking for 3 volunteers from the audience to act as witnesses (coaching will be given in advance).
This will be an interactive and enjoyable way to learn about how employment tribunals operate and the principles of unfair dismissal.

Tuesday 2nd July 2013
4pm – 6pm
£10 + VAT for members and £12 + VAT for non-members
Sir Jacks Restaurant, Molineux Stadium,
Waterloo Rd,
Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR

To book click here or e-mail or ring Events on 0845 872 4256