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Election Special By Jessica Brookes

GRAHAM has ‘Grand’ plans for Birmingham

Newhall Street contractor ‘delivering lasting impact’ across the city and wider Midlands GRAHAM is building a

proud legacy in Birmingham. The leading construction, civil engineering, interior fit-out, facilities management and investments contractor has been part of the city’s streetscape for over 25 years. Employing over 300 people locally, GRAHAM has completed an award-winning £400m+ project portfolio in the region. From making “history” with

the £45m transformation of The Grand Hotel, to a “royal appointment” at the Crown Works, a £35m residential scheme in the Gun Quarter that will create 203 apartments and penthouses, GRAHAM is trusted to deliver world-class outcomes. One of the many future schemes to look out for includes the 120,000 sq ft Enterprise Wharf. Located at the Innovation Birmingham Campus for tech and digital businesses and part of the Bruntwood SciTech network of innovation districts, it will be the city’s first smart-enabled building. Demonstrating its versatility,

GRAHAM is also a long-term FM provider to a wide range of local councils in the region. The Birmingham contractor

is committed to investing in and upskilling its local supply chain partners and SMEs, providing meaningful work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, and collaborating with community groups, social enterprises and charities to help make a real difference.

To find out more about how GRAHAM delivers lasting impact, supply chain opportunities and available job roles, please visit: us or email 18 CHAMBERLINKApril 2021

West Midlands’ residents go the polls next month to elect the region’s second metro- mayor. The election should have been held last year, but was delayed by the pandemic. The first ever mayoral election in the region was three years earlier, in 2017, when former John Lewis boss Andy Street won the ballot. Chamberlink takes a closer look at the candidates, and reports on what they have to say to the business community.

Chambers outline a blueprint for mayor

Key priorities: Raj Kandola

Ahead of the mayoral election on 6 May, three regional Chambers of Commerce have set out a list of demands and priorities for the new mayor. The blueprint has been put

together by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. ‘Rebounding for Business: Vision

for the West Midlands Mayor’ sets out the actions that the three Chambers want the elected mayor to deliver. Their priorities include making the West Midlands the most business-friendly region in the UK, developing a transport network fit for the 21st Century, making the West Midlands the number one destination in the country to visit, work and live post-pandemic, and transforming the region through investment in the green economy.

GBCC head of policy Raj Kandola

said: “As membership bodies which represent over 5,000 businesses in the region, the collective Chamber voice is a powerful lobby and we wanted to use this document to promote pro-businesses policies with candidates across the political spectrum.

‘It’s such an important time for the West Midlands right now’

“We are delighted to be partnering with our fellow Chambers in order to set out the vision we want to see delivered by the West Midlands mayor over the next four years. “The document sets outs out

some of the key priorities and actions we believe will have the strongest positive impact on the

business community as the region looks to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic on a surer footing. “It’s such an important time for the

West Midlands right now, and in the run up to 6 May, the three Chambers will be using their combined platforms to raise awareness of the elections among the wider business community and encouraging every eligible voter to exercise their democratic right – every vote counts and will play an important role in shaping the future of the region.”

*The three Chambers were hosting a joint virtual event on 7 April with candidates Andy Street (Conservative) and Liam Byrne (Labour) who were asked to outline their vision for the business community ahead of the election. The event is being sponsored by Crowe UK, Intercity Technology and Aston University.

Sponsored by: Invest Northern Ireland

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