JLR to honour very best in the busi­ness

Birmingham Post - - FEATURE - Fion­nu­ala Bourke Com­mer­cial Edi­tor

JAGUAR Land Rover is set to present the Com­pany of the Year award at this year’s Birm­ing­ham Post Busi­ness Awards.

The huge Mid­land-based au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­turer, built around two of the world’s lead­ing brands, is proud to honour the stand-out busi­ness with a proven track record of suc­cess which plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the re­gion’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Judges are cur­rently busy se­lect­ing this year’s win­ners of 14 cat­e­gories in to­tal, which will be re­vealed at our black time cer­e­mony at the ICC on Thurs­day Novem­ber 1.

Dave Owen, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Soli­hull’s Jaguar Land Rover op­er­a­tion, said: “Events such as the Birm­ing­ham Post Busi­ness Awards are a great op­por­tu­nity for all of us to cel­e­brate suc­cess and share best prac­tice that in turn help sup­port our lo­cal econ­omy and com­mu­nity.

“We chose to sup­port the Com­pany of the Year award to cel­e­brate the wealth of tal­ent, innovation and cre­ativ­ity across the re­gion.

“The re­gion is home to many pi­o­neer­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and we want to cel­e­brate their achieve­ments and help show­case that this is a great place to do busi­ness.”

While the awards’ prime ob­jec­tive is to ap­plaud the achieve­ments of those short­listed, it also puts the spot­light on the sup­port­ing busi­nesses, like Jaguar Land Rover, and demon­strates their in­put on the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

And Jaguar Land Rover cer­tainly plays a role as a key con­trib­u­tor to the Mid­land busi­ness com­mu­nity – and in­deed the whole of the UK.

The firm is the largest in­vestor in re­search and de­vel­op­ment in Bri­tain’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and has in­vested £15 bil­lion over the last five years.

JLR em­ploys 43,000 peo­ple glob­ally and sup­port around 240,000 more through our deal­er­ships, sup­pli­ers and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Mr Owen said: “We strive to be a re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the com­mu­ni­ties that we are part of, and we reg­u­larly re­view our op­er­a­tions and how they may af­fect oth­ers. “We proac­tively work in part­ner­ship with lo­cal res­i­dents, busi­nesses and stake­hold­ers to lis­ten, re­spond and sup­port. “Mem­bers of the lo­cal coun­cil and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of res­i­dents’ groups join us to re­view our plans and tell us about their ideas and con­cerns. “We invest in char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions and part­ners as well as com­mu­nity pro­grammes in­clud­ing school STEM ed­u­ca­tion. “Our em­ploy­ees vol­un­teer time to sup­port these ini­tia­tives. “We also en­cour­age our re­tail­ers, sup­pli­ers and other com­pa­nies to work in a sim­i­lar way with their com­mu­ni­ties.”

> Above: JLR’s Land Rover plant at Lode Lane in Soli­hull

> Dave Owen of JLR

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