City of Wolverhampton is gearing up for its annual business spotlight, offering in-person events and online webinars to highlight opportunities to businesses and investors.

Details are available at INVEST – City of Wolverhampton and businesses are urged to register to take advantage of these free events. 

The city’s annual Business Week will run from Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October and will provide a platform to engage with businesses by showcasing the opportunities available now and in the future through multi million pound investment and developments.

The showpiece event of the week is the city’s annual Business Breakfast, the most important business conference of the year, on Tuesday 28 September, 8am to 9.45am, at the Grand Station events and conference venue in Wolverhampton.

The theme for the breakfast is ‘Wolverhampton: The next investment destination’ and will be hosted by Midlands Business Insider featuring a respected line-up of speakers.

Speakers include Matt Thurstan, Director General – Chief Finance Officer from Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities; Tim Johnson, Chief Executive at City of Wolverhampton Council; Hayleigh Lupino, Finance Director at Marston’s; Simon Underwood, Chief Executive at Elements Europe; Steve Parry, MD at ION Developments; Ninder Johal, Chair of the Wolverhampton Towns Deal Board; Jamie Phillips, Partner at Knight Frank and Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner at Trebor Developments.

Businesses in the visitor economy sector can find out about the city’s plans to grow as an events city, stimulate economic growth and increase city centre footfall at the online event  ‘Wolverhampton: the next visitor destination’ on Wednesday 29  September, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, hosted by Movers and Shakers Property Networking Club.

And there is a unique opportunity for local businesses, traders and entrepreneurs to quiz Wolverhampton’s Economic Growth Board members and Wolverhampton Business Champions on the secrets of their success at a webinar on Thursday 30 September, 8am to 10am. This open online Q&A session will facilitate lively debate and discussion on the hottest and most relevant business topics of the moment.

People can register to attend all events taking place during Business Week at INVEST – City of Wolverhampton

Councillor Stephen Simkins, City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “There is no doubt the pandemic has thrown up major challenges for Wolverhampton but throughout we have been determined to bounce back and relight the city.

“The council is proud to co-ordinate the city’s eighth annual business week to support the local economy and deliver something for everyone in the city. It demonstrates our commitment to attracting investment, supporting business recovery and growth. 

“Our pro-business attitude continues to attract new investment, which in turn will generate more jobs for local people.

“This is being built on exciting new developments through strategic and extensive regeneration, and increased connectivity through the city’s award-winning Interchange.”

Wolverhampton Economic Growth Board Member and Managing Director of Thompson AVC, Scott Thompson, added: “As a business leader in the city I am delighted the City of Wolverhampton is again delivering this key conference programme to support business in the city.  Now more than ever we need to come together to help businesses recover from the impact of Covid-19 and gear up for continued success.”