Economic Development Theme Group
As Bromsgrove Partnership's key forum to discuss the economic development of Bromsgrove District, our Economic Development Theme Group is the place to come and talk about business.
Senior council executives including the cabinet member and head of service for economic development, as well as the chief executive, attend the group meetings to listen and respond to local businesses. These conversations help the council to create its local economic development policy.
Businesses can easily join the meetings that take place every two months.
Message from the Chair
Rob Spittle, Chair of the theme group, explains why he got involved.
Rob is Managing Director of Operations at Guest Truck and Van, which covers Bromsgrove.
“My work is fundamentally business to business, and I know that as a business community we can get stuck in our own silos. I joined the theme group nearly two years ago after hearing about it from a colleague and I was interested in getting involved in working alongside businesses, the community and the public sector... Read more from Rob.
"Not only is it, from a personal point of view, a networking opportunity, but by working together we can make a difference and have more influence with key members of our communities and public sector organisations, like the council. By putting all the representatives in one room we get to hear about what is going on in our local area and, through NWEDR, we learn what grants are available for businesses.
"Two years ago I wanted to make a difference to the business and wider community. We still have a long way to go as we forge a pathway as a partnership but I think we are bringing together a lot of ideas and initiatives to achieve this goal.
"We are strength in numbers and I look forward to welcoming new people onto the group.”
Message from the Vice-Chair
Jonathan Till joined the Bromsgrove Economic Development Theme Group at end of 2014 and was appointed Vice-Chair in September 2015. He runs GT Access LTD on Sherwood Road, Bromsgrove.
“I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I joined the theme group but I thought it sounded interesting, particularly networking with people I wouldn’t normally come into contact with such as the Chief Executive of the district council for example... Read more from Jonathan.
"As well as networking with other local companies and businesses, which is always useful, having access to the district council and other public sector bodies like NWEDR, has opened doors to funding opportunities which I didn’t know existed, as well as hearing about what is on the horizon for local businesses at a national and local level. Not only for myself but I can pass on this information to my colleagues and partners and also give my views as a local businessman.
"Bromsgrove is a very central place to do business from a transport point of view, but also because we have a strong sense of community. Through the group we bring all the communities together to share our wealth of knowledge and expertise with each other. We want to raise the profile of this group to attract more members, particularly business representatives, who can add to this and who in turn can benefit from it too.”
Get your business on the below list by contacting us here.
- Robert Spittle (Chair), Managing Director, Truck Operations, Guest Truck and Van
- Jonathan Till (Vice-Chair), Managing Director, GT Access Ltd.
- Your business here?
- Julie Bullock, Centre Manager, Basepoint Business Centre
- Duncan Campbell, Employer and Partnership Manager, Department for Work and Pensions
- Kevin Dicks, Chief Executive, Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils
- John Dillon, Partner and RICS Registered Valuer, GJS Dillon
- Stephen Ellis, Bromsgrove Branch Manager, Handelsbanken
- Paul Heaven, Director, Blue Sky Corporate Finance Ltd.
- Paul Hodges, Recruit12
- Marion Kenyon, Chief Executive, NewStarts
- Rod Laight, Managing Director, Reddifast Steels Ltd and Chair of the Regional Manufacturers Association
- Andy Phillips, Director, Andrew Phillips Insurance Brokers Ltd.
- Dean Piper, Head of North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR)
- Cllr Karen May, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Bromsgrove District Council
- Gary Roskell, Chief Executive, Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN)