Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Business groups' 2017 priorities

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, has jointly signed a letter alongside the heads of other UK business groups outlining their priorities for firms of all sizes and sectors for 2017.  

The letter below appears in The Sunday Telegraph:  

Dear Sir
2016 has been a year of unprecedented change for politics, society and for business. The decisions that will be made in the year ahead will shape the prospects for people, businesses and communities across the UK for generations to come.

We are committed to making 2017 a year of progress and success, and to working with the Government to shape a better economy. 

Industry input into the Brexit negotiations is critical. The Government must enter negotiations with the evidence it needs to understand the implications of the decisions and trade-offs that lie ahead. This evidence must be drawn from the on-the-ground experience of small, medium and large enterprises, which are committed, despite an uncertain business environment, to delivering the economic growth that creates jobs and funds our public services. 

A modern industrial strategy relies on a vision of our future shared between firms, the Government and society. By calling on all the experience and knowledge available across the UK, this new plan can transform our sectors and communities. 

Success in all these areas depends on an open and honest dialogue and we welcome the engagement we have had so far with the Government. Firms must work to be more transparent and build fairness into the heart of their operations, including their supply chains. The Government, employees and customers should champion the businesses that do this. 2017 must be the year when this open dialogue begins to deliver for Britain. 

We the undersigned commit to play our part, working with businesses from all corners of the UK, to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges that lie ahead. 

Yours sincerely

Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses 

Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI 

Adam Marshall, Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce 

Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF 

Simon Walker, Director-General, Institute of Directors

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

CIMA North West Midlands Christmas social and networking evening in Stafford on Tuesday 13th December

Craig Stevens, CIMA North West Midlands chairman, invites you to join him at this event. You will have the chance to meet Craig, your local committee and fellow members for a complimentary drink and food by dropping by anytime between 6.30 and 8.30pm. 

This event is open to all CIMA members and a great opportunity to build your network, understand more about CIMA events planned for 2017 and for you to voice your opinions on your branch. 

Date: 13 December 2016

Time: 18:30 

Venue: The Swan Hotel, Stafford ST16 2JA 

Price: GBP 0.00   

Email julie.witts@cimaglobal.com to book your free place

Monday, 31 October 2016

Lord Digby Jones confirmed as Keynote Speaker for the CIMA West Midlands Prestige Event in Birmingham on 29th June.

CIMA WM Chairman, Paul Hooper-Keeley, with Lord Digby Jones
We are delighted to announce that Lord Digby Jones will be our keynote speaker for our CIMA West Midlands Prestige Event on the evening of Thursday 29th June 2017. 

Our Prestige Event, following recent tradition, will be held at The Council House in Birmingham.

Lord Jones’ graduation from University College London was followed by 20 years with Edge & Ellison, a Birmingham-based firm of lawyers, where he worked his way up from Articled Clerk to Senior Partner. During these years he was intimately involved in all aspects of business from running the firm “as a business” to recruiting and managing several hundred employees. It was here that he developed a vision of business and its role in society, and began to believe firmly in socially inclusive wealth creation. 

In 2000 he joined the CBI and was able to put some of these ideas into action. During his six and a half years as Director General he became known in the public arena especially for his candid, forthright attitude in his many media appearances.
He campaigned relentlessly on a range of issues including the move from traditional manufacturing of commodities to value-added, innovative products and services. He also lobbied against protectionism protesting that “it is a scourge which may well find short term popularity but inhibits growth, reduces wealth and oppresses the weak”. 

His views on the Public Sector remain a subject of great debate. He has stressed that, "if fundamental reform does not take place, from working practices right through to pension provision, we will end up with an ever-diminishing private sector trying to pay for, and provide pensions for, an ever increasing and inefficient, unproductive, self-interested public sector". 

In 2005 he was knighted for his services to business and became Sir Digby Jones in the Queen’s New Years Honours List. 

When he left the CBI in 2006 he spent the next 12 months in the private sector as adviser to Deloitte and Barclays Capital, held a variety of non-executive board roles, and was the unpaid UK Skills Envoy. In this role he became outraged about the levels of adult illiteracy and innumeracy in the UK, and made the point that we cannot hope to have a safer and healthier society if people lack self-respect or aspiration. 

In July 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment and became a life peer taking the title, Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kb. Forthright and, as ever, loyal to British business he spent the next 15 months “doing it in a different way”. He did not join the party of government and without the ambition to progress in politics he concentrated on the business of promoting Britain across the world, travelling to 31 countries in 45 overseas visits.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Sir John Peace & Paul Kehoe to speak at IoD West Midlands Annual Dinner on 24 November at Warwick Castle, Warwickshire.

The Institute of Directors invite you to join us at this year’s annual dinner, in the majestic surrounds of The Great Hall in the heart of Warwick Castle. 

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers are Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine and Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport.  

The evening includes a welcome reception, three course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person and tea or coffee.  

Please note, due to the nature of the venue, spaces are limited and the dress code is Black Tie. 

Key details: - 

Date & time: 24 November 19:00 - 23:00  

Location: Warwick Castle , Warwickshire  

Prices from: - 

Ticket Price: 90.00 GBP (Inc. VAT) 

Two ticket price: 180.00 GBP (Inc. VAT) 

Four ticket price: 360.00 GBP (Inc. VAT) 

Table Price: 900.00 GBP (Inc. VAT) 

Event manager: - 

Ms Sue Hurrell 

Contact phone:01216431868 

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Moore Stephens engineers new academy contract reports The Business Desk

BIRMINGHAM accounting firm Moore Stephens has been appointed as auditor for WMG Academy for Young Engineers.  

The firm is one of the leading accounting advisors to academies in the UK and has been appointed to work with WMG Academy across its Coventry and Solihull sites.  

WMG Academy is looking to generate the next generation of engineers that will sustain the West Midlands’ manufacturing industry with the skilled labour it needs to continue its advance. 

The multi academy trust has developed partnerships with more than 20 manufacturing and engineering businesses and has 500 students enrolled across its academies in Coventry and its new Solihull academy in Chelmsley Wood, which opened in September.  

Moore Stephens works with more than 100 academies across the UK and the appointment is the firm’s first with a University Technical College (UTC).  

Nick Simkins, partner at Moore Stephens’ Birmingham office and the firm’s national Head of Charities and Education Group, said: “WMG Academy has built a fantastic reputation as a high achieving academy of excellence and has forged extremely strong links with key industry organisations across the region and nationally. 

“The academy has strong aspirations to build on the success it has achieved to date, including the recently launched new Solihull academy.  

“(We) have a strong track record of supporting academies, along with helping schools converting to academy status, and we’re looking forward to working closely with the board, the principal and the executive team at WMG Academy.” 

WMG Academy is one of 30 UTCs which are government-funded schools that train 14 to 19-year-olds in science, engineering and technology. 

Kate Tague, Executive Principal at WMG Academy, added: “Moore Stephens has a proven track record of working successfully with academies and education and we look forward to working with Nick going forward.”

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Andy Street and Andrew Miskin to speak at special CIMA West Midlands event at JLR on 15 March

I am delighted to announce that Andy Street, currently CEO of The John Lewis Partnership and Conservative Candidate to become West Midlands Mayor, will be joining CIMA’s Global President, Andrew Miskin, at a very special event to be held at JLR on 15th March. 

The event will take place at the British Motoring Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ  

The evening will start at 6.00pm with a buffet, networking and tour of the motor museum for those that would like to do this.  We will then have the talks starting at 7.00pm which will include Andrew Miskin, CIMA President, Andy Street and possibly one other speaker from JLR. 

More details to be announced soon…….

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Shaylor hails £100m post-Brexit orders reports Construction Enquirer

Walsall-headquartered contractor Shaylor Group has shrugged off industry fears of a post-Brexit downturn after securing over £100m of work. 

The work boom has been driven by a surge in student accommodation and luxury flats in the Midlands. 

Stephen Shaylor, CEO, said: “Despite the post-Brexit fears regarding labour shortages and an industry wide recession, our order book is stronger than ever particularly with regards repeat business and framework agreements.  

“We are confident that our independent status and collaborative approach continue to provide a future proof platform for growth. 

Work will start shortly on 77 flats in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham after the builder completes 41 high-end apartments for the same client in the heart of Sutton Coldfield.  

In the student sector, Birmingham Properties Group has commissioned 140 student rooms on a former brownfield site to be ready for the 2017 intake. The company is also undertaking a refurbishment and new build student accommodation project on Bristol Street for Pennycuick Collins, chartered surveyors, to provide two ground floor commercial units and 75 student bedrooms. 

Shaylor Group is also delivering Birmingham’s first easyHotel, part of the easy brand of companies, on John Bright Street in the heart of Birmingham. 

At the other end of the residential market, Shaylor Group is delivering several schemes for one of the countrys leading luxury retirement living providers in locations from Kent to Hertfordshire.