Who are our Business Champions?

Together, our Wolverhampton Business Champions represent the city’s leading strategic businesses as ambassadors for the city and its businesses.

Between them, the Business Champions have:

100,000 Employees
£7 Billion UK turnover
£57 Billion global turnover
Invested £37 million in research
Supported over 2,600 apprentices

Supporting the region to realise its ambitions and developing more opportunities for entrepreneurs, our Business Champions are helping to create a thriving Wolverhampton for the future.

Engaging with the wider business community and establishing links between different sectors, they are helping with support and solutions for closing skills gaps and raising aspiration levels of Wolverhampton residents, young and old.

 

Wolverhampton – A City of Opportunity

As an integral hub for thousands of successful businesses directly in the middle of the UK, Wolverhampton attracts some of the brightest minds and companies in the country.

Sector leading firms such as Jaguar Land Rover, Marston’s, Moog, UTC Aerospace and Wiggle all call the City of Wolverhampton home and the i54 strategic employment site north of the city centre is the most successful enterprise zone in the country attracting high quality jobs to the area. Jaguar Land Rover’s £1bn investment in a new engine plant at the site is creating in excess of 1,400 jobs and hundreds more in the supply chain.

Whilst the city continues to build on existing strengths in high value manufacturing and construction, it is also developing clusters in other key sectors whilst retaining a strong focus on investing in skills and matching local people to local jobs.

The University of Wolverhampton is investing £250 million into new buildings, education and facilities including the new £18 million Business School and £65 million in the West Midlands Construction University Technical College which will be the biggest centre of its kind in Europe.

Strong cultural, entertainment, sport, leisure and housing offers underpin the city’s economy which is projected to grow 2-3% faster than the national average over the next decade.

On top of the £1 billion of public and private sector investment already either on site or earmarked for the city centre, the City of Wolverhampton will benefit from the Government’s Devolution Deal opportunities which will see £8 billion devolved to the region creating new jobs, better skills, more housing, quicker transport links and better public services.

There are huge opportunities in our city and future success is all the better when it’s shared by all. That’s why the city has set out its vision for a sustainable, successful future for the next generation with partnership working at its core and the Business Champions are pivotal to this joined up thinking and strategic approach .

Black Country Annual Economic Review 2018 (PDF, 2MB)