Wolverhampton's economic growth will be celebrated during the city's third annual Business Week from Monday 26 September 26 to Friday 30 September.

Major change is transforming the city, with £3.7 billion investment on site or in the pipeline in Wolverhampton.

Benson Elliott, owners of the Mander Shopping Centre, are investing £35 million in its redevelopment in a huge commitment to the city's future. Their Director of Retail, Peter Cornforth, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Business Breakfast on Thursday 29 September, between 8am and 10.30am.

It is not too late to sign up for this flagship event taking place at GTG Training and Conference Centre, Bearing Drive, Wolverhampton WV11 3SZ.

Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman, Stewart Towe, and City of Wolverhampton Council Managing Director, Keith Ireland, will also be speaking, while award winning business journalist and presenter Declan Curry is hosting the breakfast.

Cornforth said: "Wolverhampton's proving itself to be a business friendly city with a real can do attitude.

"Partners across the city and region are working together to bring jobs, training, opportunity and prosperity to Wolverhampton, making it a great place to live, work, visit and do business.  Wolverhampton is most certainly making it happen."

Delegates will have the chance to network with the city's largest, most innovative and most successful businesses.

Leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, Marston's, Thompson AVC, Liberty Industries, McCauliffe Group, Carillion, KPMG, Express and Star, National Express and Wolverhampton Wanderers have already confirmed their attendance.

Places at the event can be reserved by emailing businessweek@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

The Business Week calendar has a range of other free events to choose from, including the B2B Networking: Meet the Buyer Breakfast, in the WV1 Suite at Molineux Stadium, on Wednesday 28 September, from 8am to 10am.

Small and Medium Enterprises in Wolverhampton have the opportunity to win up to £10,000 of support services from KPMG in the Wolves' Den by pitching to a panel of business professionals on Friday 30 September. To book one of the 8 places, email Steph.Topping@KPMG.co.uk by Friday 16 September to secure your slot.

The Technology and Business Crime Prevention Event on Tuesday 27  September, will provide businesses and organisations across the Midlands and beyond the chance to meet world leading business technology specialists and service providers all under one roof.

It will take place in the Ringside Suite, Wolverhampton Racecourse and Conference Centre, Dunstall Park Lodge, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0PE, between 8am and 3.30pm.

John Wood, Chair of Wolverhampton's Economic Growth Board, and Director of Liberty Industries Group, said: "The programme for business week is bigger and better than ever before. I urge all businesses to take a look at the programme and participate in the free events. Make sure you attend the city's annual business breakfast to hear about the fantastic achievements the city has made and what's happening next.

"I thank our partners for sponsoring and contributing to this fantastic programme and in particular the city council for their support."

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, added: "Business Week is driven by business representatives in the city, for businesses.

"The free activities on offer support and encourage investment in the city, in existing and new businesses, in local supply chains and business to business networks, and in the local workforce.

"It creates opportunities to raise the profile of the city locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and to celebrate and communicate achievements and future plans.

"It also gives companies of all sizes the chance to network and exchange ideas, promote investment opportunities with potential investors and developers in the city, and showcase the support available to help businesses flourish and develop their workforce."

For full details on all the Business Week events and to book places visit Type=links;Linkid=7530;Title=Wolverhampton Business Week;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Wednesday 14 September, 2016