Solihull Chamber bring the Solihull Expo to Holiday Inn at Birmingham Airport. A showcase of networking, knowledge sharing and the publication of a must see economic report on Solihull.
Jas Sansi went along to support the publication of the report.
I saw a shadow touch a shadow’s hand
Paul Simon, Bleeker Street
We’re all shadows, Birmingham is in the shadow of London, Solihull is in the shadow of Brum. It’s mostly to do with population size. The bigger the place, the greater the impact, in theory.
There’s value in regions working together, combining their resources, amplifying their voices and presenting a product that is greater than the sum of its parts.
There’s a real buzz about Solihull at the moment. Recent headlines about the borough include a new leader at the Council, Cllr Ian Courts. Birmingham Airport has a new CEO, Nick Barton. Solihull Chamber of Commerce has a new President, Robert Elliot. The NEC have a new owner, Blackstone and Touchwood has a new General Manager, Tony Elvin.
Today saw the launch of a document at Solihull Chamber of Commerce Expo called ‘Doing Business in Solihull – An Economic Snapshot.’ It’s one that warrants attention and I was very pleased to attend and support its publication.
Head of Solihull Chamber, Lillian Elekan introduced some of the key findings about Solihull in the report;
Solihull Chamber saw 9.7% growth in 2018, there are 214,000 inhabitants in the borough, 40% qualified to NVQ4+. The average house price in Solihull is £283,719.
Solihull is home to 8225 businesses, GVA per head is £36,042 compared to a national average of £27,430. A well educated population, enjoying a high quality of life with earnings significantly above the national average.
Office rental in Solihull is £23 per sq foot compared to £33 in Birmingham.
Solihull is gearing up for more headlines coming down a high speed track; the arrival of HS2 shatters the notion of Geography with Central London thirty eight minutes away. A £286 Million development at Birmingham Airport cements a commitment to grow the UK’s third largest airport outside London from 13 Million to 18 Million passengers per year.
The region is preparing for one million visitors to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the NEC in Solihull will be host to nine different sports during the Games. The NEC’s catering arm Amadeus and Ticketing Factory will be central in the successful delivery of the biggest sporting event in the region’s history.
Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Coventry is the UK City of Culture in 2021. A unparalleled opportunity for the region to command the spotlight for an extended period of time.
So yes, we’re all shadows, but shadows that will be touching the hands of other shadows for the coming years.
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Jas Sansi is a freelance photographer based in Birmingham, a trustee for LoveBrum and contributor to The Asian Today newspaper @jassansi 07930 837 505