Partners working together
The City of Wolverhampton has an extensive track record of partnership working which has become the key to our success. Partners across all sectors are working together locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to support business growth and secure investment. Businesses are playing a key role in supporting Wolverhampton to be a successful city.
Black Country Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation representing around 1,500 businesses who employ over 67,500 employees across Wolverhampton and the Black Country.
The Black Country Growth Hub provides a single point of contact for businesses to easily access a wide range of support and expertise.
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) aims to create the conditions for enterprise to flourish resulting in greater economic prosperity across Wolverhampton and the Black Country area.
City of Wolverhampton College is one of the region’s leading Further Education providers. Working with an average of 700 employers a year, including a number of multi-nationals, the college offers a range of programmes, including apprenticeships, workplace learning and commercially funded projects, as well as employability schemes for the unemployed.
The City of Wolverhampton Council handles the daily business of Wolverhampton and is providing leadership in the city’s drive to attract investment and support business growth.
Invest Black Country is the area’s inward investment organisation. They work with businesses looking to expand or relocate, to demonstrate why being in the Black Country makes great business sense.
Wolverhampton is a member of the Key Cities Group comprising 26 of the UK’s cities with a GVA £164 billion and population of 7.9 million when combined, and ones which play a key role in their regional economy.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest acute and community providers in the West Midlands and is the second largest employer in Wolverhampton, employing more than 8,000 staff.
University of Wolverhampton has a long history of providing students with the opportunities presented by a first class education and as a major player in the UK higher education sector, excels in areas that have contributed to their excellent reputation: award-winning teaching, state-of-the-art facilities, international partnerships, strong business links and innovative research.
The West Midlands Combined Authority refers to the new governance structure being initiated for the West Midlands by the seven Metropolitan Authorities – Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Building on the strong foundations that have been laid, the ambition is for the West Midlands to help rebalance the UK economy and lead the Midlands Engine.
The West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) will help to create new jobs, expand existing businesses and attract new businesses and investment to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan. The WMGC has been established in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, Growth Hubs, universities and a wide range of businesses across the private sector. It focuses its core activities across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, with the potential and scope to deliver services in a wider Midlands context. The WMGC is owned by the WMCA and its Constituent Members, with governance that heavily involves the private sector in the majority. Its core WMCA and local authority funding will be used to attract significant additional funding from the private sector and other sources, such as future Devolution Deals.
Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID) is a local, private sector led organisation whose role is purely to deliver the improvements that businesses decide to make in a defined area. Wolverhampton businesses have taken the opportunity through a Business Improvement District to influence local decisions and to take control of how their city reacts to these changes. The establishment of a Business improvement District for Wolverhampton City Centre is a real opportunity to secure the city’s future as a prosperous and thriving city centre.