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GBSLEP July Board meets at Birmingham Hippodrome

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) held its July Board meeting at Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday 19th July.

The Board heard from two projects that it has recently funded. Humraaj Singh and Michele Farmer from The Prince’s Trust gave an update on the new Digbeth-based venue, which officially opened in July, following a £627,000 investment from GBSLEP. The Centre provides employability and enterprise programmes designed to help build young people’s confidence and skills, enabling them to re-engage with education, training or employment.

Fiona Allan, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Birmingham Hippodrome, gave the Board an overview of the theatre, which celebrates 120 years at its Southside location in 2019. GBSLEP this year allocated £1.48 million of Local Growth Fund investment to the theatre to oversee the Dance Hub Birmingham physical space development – expanding and enhancing the city’s ambition to create a national home for dance.

West Midlands Rail Executive presented plans on the University Station Interchange project, which seeks GBSLEP funding to upgrade the transport hub. The Board heard of its vision to deliver a new station building at the University of Birmingham to accommodate more passengers, provide a better experience and boost the economy, ahead of a substantial increase in demand for travel.

Other areas of discussion included plans to expand the impact and effectiveness of the GBSLEP Growth Hub, the single point of contact for advice, support and funding for any business or entrepreneur in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region.