Telford & Wrekin Council is talking business

Published Monday, 22 April 2013

Almost 2000 of Telford & Wrekin Council’s business contacts are set to receive an electronic newsletter called ‘Talking Business’ today.

As part of its commitment to working with businesses across the borough the council is keen for the newsletter to be a useful and relevant tool for its business audiences.

With this in mind, the council is also encouraging those who receive the newsletter to use it as a way of submitting their own news stories via a dedicated mail box

The newsletter is another way that Telford and Wrekin is tailoring its package of support to the private sector. It is anticipated that this will also help to encourage businesses to view Telford and Wrekin as a forward thinking and supportive Council.

'Talking Business' will not only highlight the council's business support offer, but will also provide information on available grants, business competitions and opportunities that will help to boost business in the borough.

The Council has also recently set down in writing its pledge to support businesses through its Business and Development Charter. This is a promise that states that the council will work hard to support economic growth, deliver new jobs and make the borough the destination of choice to live, work, visit and locate.

By removing barriers and opening up news streams of communication, the council is saying that Telford and Wrekin is open for business.

Councillor Charles Smith, cabinet member for Housing, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "I am proud to be part of the launch of the council's new business facing e.newsletter, Talking Business, and would encourage people to sign up to receive it.

Our Business and Development Charter is not an empty promise. We realise that to help businesses in the borough and further afield we need to be opening up positive communication channels and striking up conversations that could help to encourage investment opportunities and at the same time offer business support.

The council is rolling its sleeves up and becoming a lot more business focused. We now have a team of business support officers on hand to help businesses, be it to expand or to start-up, gain grants and funding, improve workforce skills, identify land and premises and discuss business rates and finance."

Graham Wynn Chair of Telford Business Board and Director for the TTC Group has played an important role in helping to launch Talking Business.

Graham Wynn, OBE, said: "as Chair of the Telford and Wrekin Business Board I have pleasure in introducing the first edition of Talking Business.

The role of the Board is to represent the views of businesses in Telford and Wrekin, working with the Council to provide the infrastructure to encourage inward investment and growth opportunities.

We have approximately 20 board members with a wealth of experience in a variety of industries. Therefore, if you have any issues or concerns impacting on business growth locally, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help to address your points at either the Telford Business Board or the Local Enterprise Partnership."

Those who wish to sign up to receive Talking Business or are interested in what business support is on offer through Telford and Wrekin, can email or contact Telford & Wrekin's Business Support and Tourism team on 01952 567589.