Proud to cel­e­brate the power of part­ner­ships

Birmingham Post - - BIRMINGHAM POST BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Re­porter

THE Part­ner­ship of the Year cat­e­gory at the Birm­ing­ham Post Busi­ness Awards high­lights and cel­e­brates the suc­cesses of a com­pany which has col­lab­o­rated with two or more or­gan­i­sa­tions on a project or busi­ness en­deav­our.

This year, the cat­e­gory wel­comes the spon­sor­ship of Mid­lands Con­nect.

With a 25-year vi­sion which fo­cuses on in­vest­ing more into road, rail and tech­nol­ogy in or­der to help the re­gion reach its full po­ten­tial, Mid­lands Con­nect is the voice of the Mid­lands.

Work­ing along­side lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ships and cham­bers of com­merce, Mid­lands Con­nect helps to bring Birm­ing­ham’s key lo­ca­tions closer to­gether by striv­ing for new trans­port strate­gies.

A com­pany built on re­la­tion­ships, the Part­ner­ship of the Year cat­e­gory was an ex­tremely apt one for Mid­lands Con­nect to get be­hind.

Di­rec­tor Maria Machan­coses said: “Mid­lands Con­nect is a part­ner­ship which thrives on the re­la­tion­ships it has built with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, cham­bers of com­merce, lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ships, air­ports and na­tional agen­cies.

“By work­ing to­gether with one clear, pow­er­ful voice, the Gov­ern­ment has recog­nised that we are putting the re­gion in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion to se­cure the fund­ing it needs to trans­form trans­port con­nec­tions in the Mid­lands.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence shows that col­lab­o­ra­tion is vi­tal to the suc­cess of any or­gan­i­sa­tion and part­ner­ships can achieve great things.

“This new award cel­e­brates the power of the part­ner­ship in all its forms.”

Mid­lands Con­nect has been speak­ing for the re­gion for four years and in that time has be­come a solid part of Birm­ing­ham’s busi­ness makeup.

Maria dis­cussed how the com­pany con­trib­utes to the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, adding: “Our land­mark, 25-year trans­port strat­egy, pub­lished in 2017, puts eco­nomic growth at its heart, fo­cus­ing on im­prove­ments that will sup­port the crea- tion of new jobs and house build­ing.

“Trans­port im­prove­ments are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

“The rec­om­men­da­tions of our strat­egy could add £5 bil­lion per year to the Mid­lands’ econ­omy by 2040 and sup­port the cre­ation of 300,000 new jobs.

“The Mid­lands is at the heart of the UK’s man­u­fac­tur­ing, au­to­mo­tive and lo­gis­tics in­dus­tries, which all rely heav­ily on reliable and re­silient road and rail net­works.

“At the same time, our pro­posed im­prove­ments to the rail net­work are be­ing de­vel­oped to keep pace with the rapid growth in pro­fes­sional ser­vices jobs in and around our ma­jor towns and cities, with de­mand for rail travel ex­pected to in­crease along­side it.”

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Kevin Smith, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Margetts Wealth Man­age­ment

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Mid­lands Con­nect di­rec­tor Maria Machan­coses

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