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Showcasing North Warwickshire’s Growing Economy

Published on Thursday, 29th November 2018

The flourishing North Warwickshire economy was celebrated this week with a business seminar held at BMW, Hams Hall as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.

The event was organised by North Warwickshire Borough Council in partnership with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

Bernd Gress, Plant Director at BMW opened the event and provided a joint welcome alongside Jerry Hutchinson, Cheif Executive of North Warwickshire Borough Council. Louise Bennett OBE, CE of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce facilitated the event and highlighted the ‘festival has an impressive 114 events being held across the region that allow businesses and individuals to help  learn, share, network and grow’.

Steve Maxey, Corporate Director at North Warwickshire Borough Council said, ‘This event celebrated North Warwickshire Growing Economy and highlighted the range of support available to meet local business needs. The event also provided an opportunity to help increase exposure to what’s happening locally, regionally and nationally, helping to connect businesses with like-minded, industry experts and service providers.’

In his speech Steve provided an overview of the NW Economic overview and described how North Warwickshire is the second fastest growing economy in the UK with an impressive 63% growth since 2009 and that employment is growing at six times the national average and worker productivity is higher than the UK average. He added that residents’ happiness and life satisfaction had scored very well recently, much higher than the UK average.

Terry Spall, Commercial Director, HORIBA MIRA ran through the past, present and future development at MIRA around Engineering and  manufacturing opportunities and how they plan to grow their business in North Warwickshire with a state of the art manufacturing zone. Terry also gave details of the MIRA Technology Institute, a partnership with local Universities and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

Bernd Gress Plant Director at BMW talked about the importance of the Hams Hall plant within BMW’s worldwide operation and the local opportunities there were for apprenticeships.

A challenge panel followed that looked at education, skill needs, the impacts of automation, digital and creative needs.

Councillor Colin Hayfield Chair of the North Warwickshire Community Partnership closed the event.