A batch of high-profile industry leaders have been recruited to add weight to the 2019 Black Country Business Festival.
Around 120 events are scheduled to take place across the Black Country Business Festival. The 10 industry leaders will play a key role leading their particular sector of industry as the festival gets under way next month with around 120 events taking place across the Black Country.
The programme of events is made up of trade shows, seminars, workshops and conferences of all descriptions – put on by local companies to help other local organisations and individuals to grow and develop.
Each sector is led by a business professional who is well-known in their industry and extremely knowledgeable in their area of expertise.
Advanced Manufacturing – consultant Paul Nicol
Automotive – Trevor Leeks of Jaguar Land Rover
Creative Industries – Kelly Jeffs, CEO Light House
Education – Jatinder Sharma, principal & chief Executive, Walsall College
Sector leads are confirmed as:
Hospitality & Tourism – Andrew Lovett, CEO, Black Country Living Museum
Professional Services, Business Support & Communications – Ian Bond, director & head of trusts & estates at Talbots Law and Shaun Carvill, managing director at Clickingmad
Property and Construction – Stephen Tracey, construction manager at Wates
Retail – Dan Murphy, regional centre director at intu Merry Hill.
Transport & Logistics – Stuart Everton, Black Country Director of Transport, City of Wolverhampton Council
Events are set to take place in every sector. In retail, Intu Merry Hill is showcasing exclusive artists’ impressions and plans of the centre’s forthcoming £100 million development to further improve the centre.
Retail sector lead, Dan Murphy said: “The Black Country has thriving businesses, innovative attractions and most importantly inspiring communities all proud of being from the Black Country.
“The introduction of the Black Country Business Festival has created a platform for the area to showcase all of this not only nationally but internationally making it truly an exciting time to be part of the region.”
Digital agency, Clickingmad is running two events to help businesses to learn tips and tricks that will make their website out from the crowd and turn it into a great sales tool. Managing director Shaun Carvill, a joint sector lead for professional services, business support & communications, said: “The Black Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of the UK to do business.
“The Business Festival will help put the Black Country back where it belongs; at the top of the list when it comes to business investment, opportunities and job creation and also to acknowledge where the industrial revolution had its first great expansion.”
Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber, said: “We decided to divide the Festival into sectors to make it easier for people to browse through the events that are relevant to them. It will also allow us to extend our national reach and promote the Black County’s innovation, culture and commerce on much broader scale.
“There is no better time stand together and tell the rest of the world about our amazing, vibrant and diverse business community – because ‘this is the Black Country’!