Businesses Urged to Take Advantage of Resources

Posted on 16th August 2012

Over the last few weeks, as a nation optimism has been high – mainly as a result of the success of the London Olympics; however Birmingham has had more reason to cheer following a string of good news relating to businesses.

During the last couple of weeks, traders in South Birmingham have voted in favour of a BID; whilst the Marches area has been handed a six-figure sum to boost business. On top of this, Jaguar Land Rover have announced that they are to create over one thousand jobs at their Castle Bromwich plant.

The good news for Birmingham businesses doesn’t stop there.

Following the two-hundred metre final in London, Jamaican runners Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, who were based in the City ahead of the Olympics, praised Birmingham, with Bolt saying: “The Birmingham people were extremely great to us. Thank you guys – you guys helped us come out here and do our best.”

It is now hoped that Birmingham can capitalise on the praise, with the commercial director at Marketing Birmingham, Ian Taylor, saying: “The amazing comments have already made a huge impact in raising the profile of the city. Their praise has created headlines demonstrating that the impact of the Games is having a really positive effect.

“We’re working hard to ensure that Birmingham makes the most of the athletes’ kind remarks.”

Speaking about the good news surrounding Birmingham businesses and it the city’s growth, Nicklin Business Starter adviser, Mark Howell said: “It’s great to see Birmingham bucking the trend, and seeing growth in the manufacturing sector.

“Hopefully we can see Birmingham becoming an industry hub and go from strength to strength.”

He added: “We are in a great position, by being central in the country with good links, and traditionally we have had good links with foreign investors, which will hopefully continue.”

Despite the positive news coming out about Birmingham businesses, and the praise received from the Jamaican team, Mark Howell, has urged caution saying: “We need to be careful not to run out of skilled staff. Finding good staff is an issue and if people aren’t interested in the jobs being created within Birmingham, we could be left with a skill shortage.”

Mr Howell, has also called on Birmingham businesses to take advantage of the resources which are available to them; not only Nicklin Business Starter, which can provide accountancy, taxation and financial advice to businesses, to help them grow and succeed, but also the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

He said: “The trade of commerce can be seen, and should be seen, as a resource for people to refer to. It offers excellent support for businesses, and their expertise should be used wherever possible.”

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