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Industry Connect

Industry Connect is a dedicated forum providing more opportunities for GBSLEP to listen to the challenges and opportunities being experienced by our businesses as they look to grow.

We want to strengthen our connections with industry to improve the quality of our interventions, leading to improved economic growth for all of Greater Birmingham & Solihull.

Businesses in the forum will help inform and shape LEP thinking on the needs, challenges and opportunities for business growth in our region, as well as act as a sounding board for designing and developing our interventions through targeted consultation.

Through strengthening connections and dialogue, we are also looking for industry to provide feedback, thoughts and ideas to support growth of our key sectors all year round.

Who is it for?
Businesses who want to contribute to the collective mission to grow the economy and create jobs in the region.

We are particularly keen to engage with mid-size businesses based in the GBSLEP area, operating in one or more of the following sectors; Advanced Manufacturing, Business Financial & Professional Services, Creative Industries, Low Carbon & Energy, and Life Sciences. Though any business with a passion for supporting the local economy is welcome to express an interest to join.

What to expect

  • An opportunity to join a sector group, providing your expert input into GBSLEP’s sector delivery plans
  • Invites to input on development of specific projects or ‘cross-cutting’ interventions, including innovation, skills and place-making
  • Your input to make direct impact on LEP policy, and the results to be communicated to you
    Curated updates, particularly to share relevant intelligence and opportunities
  • Make new professional connections with other businesses with shared interests
  • Inclusion in a business advocates directory (in development), to raise the profile of, and showcase to all of our partners across the public, private and education sectors, those businesses helping to shape the thinking on the regions challenges and opportunities for business growth

How to join
To express an interest in joining the GBSLEP Industry Connect Forum please email Katie Fulcher,