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The Annual Black Country Chamber Awards

21st November 2013

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Ringside Suite,
Dunstall Park.
£50+VAT for individual places;
£500+VAT for tables of ten.

The Business is Good for the Black Country Awards Dinner sponsored by Business Skills will take place on 21st November at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Our awards are an ideal platform to showcase your company and celebrate your success, we want to recognise and profile companies who truly represent and contribute to the local economy.
Make it a night to remember by entering the awards and taking a table for your clients and staff.
The black tie evening will start at 7pm with pre-dinner drinks in the Chaser Bar area and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.  Guests will be seated at 7.30 pm with a welcome to the event by Paul Bennett, President of Black Country Chamber of Commerce. After a special guest speaker from SaBRE, the West Midlands Reserve Forces & Cadets Association  - the Business Skills dinner will be served at 8.30pm.
Following the dinner the awards will commence and the whole evening will be compered by BBC Midlands' Phil Upton.
Formal proceedings will be completed by 11pm with carriages at 11.30pm.

Further details, including menu and reservation.

Advanced Engineering Show

13th November 2013

Sandwell team will be staffing the Invest Black Country stand at the NEC as part of the Advanced Engineering Show on 12th / 13th November.

Part of those plans include the exclusive chance for Black Country & Birmingham based firms to book a 15 minute Meet the Buyer session with senior production buyers from MOOG Aircraft Group and Jaguar Land Rover who will be co-located on our Invest Black Country pavillion - stand G121. 

To apply for a 1-2-1 meeting with MOOG or JAGUAR LAND ROVER. Please e-mail your interest by return stating:-
1/ The day you are attending the Advanced Engineering show  - TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY.
2/ The Buyer(s) you wish to meet with - MOOG / JLR / BOTH.

Note:- MOOG only wish to meet with prospective suppliers who currently hold or aspire to obtain AS9100 / SC21 status. Jaguar Land Rover wish to meet with materials and component manufacturers, in addition, they will meet with selective suppliers of relevant non-production engineering services.

Meetings will be booked on a first-come, first-reserved basis and successful applicants will be informed of their timeslot by Monday 11th November.
 
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Invitation to the official launch of the Black Country Bullet

12th November 2013

12th November:
Open Forum 5 11-1130am
Advanced Engineering Show
NEC Hall5

13th November:
Open Forum 4 1345-1415pm

Invest Black Country (the inward investment team for the Black Country) would like to invite you and colleagues to a special launch event of the Black Country bullet taking place in Hall 5, Open Forum 5 from 11:00 - 11:30 at next weeks Advanced Engineering Show, it's being hosted by Matt Neal - British and European Touring Car Champion (and Black Country businessman). It goes without saying, it would be great to see a huge representation from the Black Country's automotive supply chain in the audience.

Further information

Invitation to the official launch of the Black Country Bullet

12th November 2013

Invest Black Country (the inward investment team for the Black Country) would like to invite you and colleagues to a special launch event of the Black Country bullet taking place in Hall 5, open forum 5 from 11:00 - 11:30 at next weeks Advanced Engineering show, it's being hosted by Matt Neal - British and European Touring Car Champion (and Black Country businessman). It goes without saying, it would be great to see a huge representation from the Black Country's automotive supply chain in the audience.
Further details

Invitation to the official launch of the Black Country Bullet

12th November 2013

Advanced Engineering Show
NEC Hall 5
12th Novemeber:
Open Forum 5 11-1130am
13th November:
Open Forum 4 1345-1415pm

Invest Black Country (the inward investment team for the Black Country) would like to invite you and colleagues to a special launch event of the Black Country bullet taking place in Hall 5, Open Forum 5 from 11:00 - 11:30 at next weeks Advanced Engineering Show, it's being hosted by Matt Neal - British and European Touring Car Champion (and Black Country businessman). It goes without saying, it would be great to see a huge representation from the Black Country's automotive supply chain in the audience.

Further details

BBC2 The Fixer Series 3

8th November 2013

With the help of leading business expert
Alex Polizzi, the third series of this hugely
successful programme, will guide and advise family businesses through some of the trials
and tribulations a family run company can face – whether it is how best to plan for the future and preserve the legacy of previous generations, or looking at ways to improve profitability and diversification whilst developing the business to make sure it is a success for years to come.

The programme is looking for family businesses who are finding it tough in the current economic climate and who are uncertain about the future.
For more information please contact Lisa Bird
on 0845 8724 280 or email.

Free Training

8th November 2013

Skill UP is a major initiative offering £5million wirth of free training to Black Country businesses.
Six Black Country Colleges have come together to pool their extensive vocational knowledge and secure funding from the European Social Fund and Local Response Fund to help make this possible.

Who is Skill Up for?
You, as an employer, if you are:
    based in the Black Country;
    employ 1-250 people (including self-employed);
    not part of a larger group or a subsidiary of a larger parent company;
    undertakes or is considering staff development for employees aged 19+ to benefit your business.

You, as an individual, if you are:
    employed in the Black Country;
    aged 19 years or over;
    working for a company employing between 1 and 250 people (including self-employed);
    looking to improve your skills to enhance your performance in the workplace.

Contact your local college or click here for more details

 

Why Calculate the Cost of People Development

8th November 2013

During the current economic climate UK companies have been forced to streamline their financial commitments and we are finding that training and performance improvement programs are suffering as a consequence of this. However, for Black Country Businesses this is not necessarily the case, as some of them are in a fortunate position to be able to combine their appetite for development along with financial investment from Government bodies and other businesses to help them grow and prosper.

A study by British Council shows that the survival rate of firms that train and invest in their staff is twice that of firms that don’t, this highlights the fact that effective training programs can help support your business and play a crucial part in the development of individual skills and behaviours.

Providing the skill is one thing, however a fundamental part of training is evaluating the impact from every angle; growth, productivity, performance, employee engagement and staff retention and so on. A traditional approach to this is Kirkpatrick Evaluating Model which measures reaction, learning, behaviour and results from the training. Whilst this is an effective model we need to ensure we do not omit a key part of the training evaluation that ...

Meet the Buyer with Willmott Dixon

7th November 2013

Meet the Buyer with Willmott Dixon

Thursday 7th November
0645 - 0930
The Council House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B1 1BB

Only a few places are left for our 'Meet The Buyer with Willmott Dixon' breakfast meeting this week.
Contracts to supply phase two of Birmingham City University’s new campus will be the hot topic and you can meet top-tier contractor Willmott Dixon’s purchasers face-to-face.
Book your place today so you don’t miss out on:
•    Internal works contracts for the university’s Eastside development
•    1-2-1 meetings with Craig Reason, Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon
•    Latest news about the £46 million contract for phase two
•    Updates from one of the UK’s biggest private contractors
•    Networking, exhibition stands and a complimentary breakfast
This is your chance to profit from the investment and join the supply chain. Book your place and find out how to request a one-to-one online today.

Free attendance for Premium and Corporate Members;
£15+VAT for non-members.
Book online

 

A Helping Hand

6th November 2013

A Helping Hand
A Helping Hand from the National BID Buying Group

Every UK business is about to face the problem of a massive increase in energy costs.

As part of our National BID Buying Group (http://www.meercatassociates.com/group-buying.html) and our on-going commitment to helping BID Businesses save money and offset their BID levy, for the next 2 months the Meercat Energy team are offering a free energy contract review to any BID levy paying business.

This work will be free to the BID and free for each business. We will therefore be running this offer on a first come first BID helped principle.

If you would like to help your levy payers overcome this national problem, then simply reply to this email and the Meercat energy team will set everything up for you.

Energy price rises: the story so far:
Energy prices have become a predictable annual event in recent years, with the 'Big Six' suppliers generally hiking their charges just in time to coincide with plummeting temperatures. This gives the suppliers a big revenue boost because customers are using more energy and paying more for it. It seems energy and price rises are in ...

SME Fast Track

6th November 2013

SME Fast Track is a free business support programme available to small and medium-sized enterprises in the Black Country.

Your business can benefit from:

  • Specialist business advice
    A business expert will analyse your current situation and help you focus on tangible and realistic targets for the future.
  • High impact training materials
    Learn vital skills in marketing and communications, access to new markets, sales techniques and access to finance, with materials and a DVD.

Business Birmingham has teamed up with two leading private partners – Winning Moves and Winning Pitch – so your business will be in good hands.
Once you’ve completed the programme, you’ll be eligible for further Winning Moves projects that offer more support and the chance of match-funded grants of up to £10,000.

For more information contact Matt Priddy or phone 01384 563050