Businesses told to prepare for Games

By John Corser | Business Picks | Published:

Businesses gathered to hear an insight from the Commonwealth Games organising team tasked with bringing the event to Birmingham in July 2022 at the second Black Country 2022 Business Forum.

Neil Carney, Birmingham 2022 programme director; John Crabtree, organising committee chairman; Ian Reid, committee CEO; Lindsey Flynn, Black Country LEP board member and Corin Crane, chief executive ofBlack Country Chamber of Commerce

There was a full house at Black Country Chamber of Commerce member Higgs & Sons in Brierley Hill.

John Crabtree, Birmingham 2022 organising committee chairman; Ian Reid, committee chief executive and programme director Neil Carney told businesses about the opportunities the Commonwealth Games will bring to West Midlands companies.

‘Research, register and prepare’ was the combined message from the men, who have previously been responsible for some of the biggest events in the world including London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

They talked the audience through the procurement process and a timetable for many of the contracts needed to put the international event into production

Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership board member Lindsey Flynn, said: “I am delighted to stand alongside colleagues to highlight how businesses in the Black Country can make the most out of this once in a generation opportunity to drive transformational change across the Black Country and the wider region.

“Through the Black Country Growth Hub, the Black Country LEP can support local businesses in finding the right development resource, finance and supply chain opportunities to support business growth. We are keen to work with the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to ensure businesses can engage in the widest possible way either through supporting local athletes, volunteering or engaging with one of the cultural and sporting events that will take place over the next three years to name just a few.”

The next Black Country 2022 Business Forum will take place on Friday, October 11 at GTG Training in Wednesfield.

To find out more contact Penny Griffiths by e-mailing or calling 01902 912316.

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

Express & Star Business Editor at head office, Wolverhampton. Welcomes all news of companies and business organisations.


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