West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street has appointed regeneration specialists Seven Capital’s managing director Phil Carlin to head up a new business advisory group.
The business advisory group will be asked to advise the Mayor on the concerns of West Midlands businesses and identify ways businesses can support the WMCA’s economic plans.
Carlin will bring his experience from having led on Seven Capital’s investment in 15 projects across Birmingham that are either complete, currently under construction or in planning. This represents more than 2.3million square feet of development activity and a value of nearly £700m.
The group will be comprised of representatives of invited organisations including the three Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, the IoD and Federation of Small Businesses.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street said: “In my manifesto I committed to giving business in the West Midlands a voice and a role in the work. Combined Authority and this is exactly what the Business Advisory Group will do.
“Seven Capital have played a major role in the transformation of Birmingham city centre, most obviously, but right across the country and overseas. The company is undoubtedly one of our regional success stories and it is hard not to be impressed by the progress they have made in such a short space of time. I was keen that the chair was somebody who had perhaps not previously been involved in such a role, who could be fiercely independent and who won’t hold back.”