Tim Pile, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), commented on the Spring Statement:
“The announcement that the Government has allocated £80 million to help smaller firms support and deliver apprenticeship schemes should make a positive impact on regions like Greater Birmingham and Solihull, which has one of the youngest populations in the UK. GBSLEP is committed to helping our smaller businesses realise their full potential, and we are working closely with Government and other national organisations to ensure that the expertise of our workforce will help SMEs thrive here.
“Locations like Greater Birmingham and Solihull must offer the right accommodation for our residents, if we are to meet increasing demand for local homes. The West Midlands’ new housing deal with Government will help to attract and retain our most talented workers, helping this region to remain internationally competitive.”