Sandwell Business Ambassadors urge local companies to have their say on Sandwell’s future

andwell Business Ambassadors are supporting a drive by Sandwell Council to make the borough the best it can be.

Sandwell Council is inviting residents and businesses to complete a short survey about what they want from where they live and work. The results will help the council understand its priorities.

The survey is a key part of council plans to develop an ‘Inclusive Economy Deal’, which the Sandwell Business Ambassadors fully support. An ‘inclusive economy’ is one that benefits everyone: wealth is more evenly spread and no-one is left behind.

The ‘deal’ is a social contract with the community – a joint commitment between residents, businesses, key organisations and the council, where each outlines what it will do to make a more prosperous borough.

As part of the survey people are being asked to make a pledge that will have a positive impact on Sandwell.

Sandwell Business Ambassadors, for example, promise to continue acting as a voice for Sandwell’s business community, ensuring they are heard by the council, and setting up initiatives to bridge skills gap in the area. Sandwell Council has committed to ‘community wealth building’, which is about ensuring more money is spent locally.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Yvonne Davies, said everyone should take this chance to contribute.

“We want to make Sandwell a better place for everyone with no one left behind,” she said.

“Our residents, businesses and partners have a huge role to play. The deal can’t happen without people who live and work in the borough. We need all of us to help make it a reality.”

Chair of Sandwell Business Ambassadors Alan Taylor echoed this.

“If you’re from a Sandwell business, this is a great opportunity to tell Sandwell Council what matters to you, and what you most want to improve in the borough.

“Whether it’s business rates, accessing funding, better planning support – please speak out,” said Alan, who is managing director of manufacturing company MiGlass Ltd.

“Your feedback will help the council to set out a shared agreement that aims to make Sandwell an even better place to live and work.

“Your pledge could be big or small. It might mean committing to providing a certain number of apprenticeships to local people. It might mean sourcing more of your office stationery from local businesses. Whatever you can do, you’ll be contributing to a wider effort to make Sandwell stronger, sustainable and more prosperous”.

Results of the surveys and pledges will be used to shape the Inclusive Economy Deal in the coming months.

The survey is now available online at http://www.thinksandwell.com/sandwell-council-info/sandwell-inclusive-economy/