More than 70 partners attended the event and were updated on a number of events and topics happening in the region.
Investment trends and insights
Dan Storer, Chief Investment Officer and Mary Grace Hager, Senior Insights & Analysis Manager at WMGC took the cohort through the region's most recent investment trends and insights. The pair spoke about how foreign direct investment is slowing globally; low carbon is driving investment into the region; some of the recent investment successes in the past year; and, how we can position the region for high growth going forward.
You can view the data at pages 10-14 in the presentation below.
Up next, Darion Walters, Director of Strategic Programmes at Tata Technologies discussed the tech giant's investment into the West Midlands and how they have worked with WMGC to make the company's growth targets a reality.
You can view Darion's slide at pages 16-19 in the presentation below.
Birmingham Smithfield Update
Selina Mason, Director of Masterplanning at Lendlease showcased the latest Birmingham Smithfield plans. With a number of CGis to share, Selina allowed Partners to visualise how Birmingham will look in the next few years.
You can view the plans and CGIs on pages 21-34 in the presentation below.
Global West Midlands Programme
Katie Trout, Director of Policy and Partnerships at WMGC showed Partners plans for the Global West Midlands Programme, which will be utilising funding from the Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund to enable investment and visitor economy pipeline conversion and international promotion.
Working with local authorities, academic institutions, public and private sector WMGC will be organising a number of campaigns to fulfil a number of overarching strategic objectives such as creating good jobs for local people; creating and sustaining vibrant places; facilitating the regeneration of the built environment; and, enhancing the region's profile and reputation.
You can view Katie's section from pages 37-40 in the presentation slides below.
Partners West Midlands: Look Forward
Tracey Davenport, Interim Head of Commercial Partnerships briefly addressed Partners on upcoming activities, which include The Meetings Show, Birmingham Festival 23, UK Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum, FinTech Australia, London Tech Week and Birmingham Tech Week.
You can a brief overview on page 42 in the presentation slides below.
Birmingham Festival 23
And finally, Raidene Carter, Creative Director at Birmingham Festival 23 showcased Birmingham Festival 23, a free outdoor arts and culture festival coming to Birmingham on 28 July - 6 August 2023.
Partners can get involved with a number of publicity opportunities at the event, which will help to showcase your brand to thousands of attendees.
View more details and contact the Birmingham Festival 23 team on pages 44-49 in the presentation slides below.