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Chambers of Commerce across the Midlands region have joined forces to raise the profile of thousands of businesses in a week-long celebration.

Supporting businesses throughout COVID-19 has been the top priority for every Chamber of Commerce and the West Midlands Virtual Business Expo, which kicks off this month, will provide the ultimate event for firms to network, make new connections and grow, as the business world looks to future recovery in post-pandemic times.

The West Midlands Business Expo will see the collective efforts of Chambers across the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire, with businesses given the opportunity to exhibit at the Virtual Expo, alongside a packed agenda of engaging business-focused events.

Taking place between 22 and 26 March, the Expo comes at the end of a third national lockdown for the country in which many firms have continued to struggle to stay afloat, despite a range of financial support measures put in place by the UK government.

Over five days, the Virtual Expo is expected to attract thousands of visitors from across the region with exhibitors hosting their virtual stands to showcase their products and services, whilst being able to respond online to new customer enquiries.

A range of informative business events will also be delivered during the week with each day having a local flavour, demonstrating the unique strengths and opportunities across the five West Midlands areas.

Chambers of Commerce across the UK have been at the forefront of supporting and advising firms through the COVID-19 pandemic and helping them to understand the latest developments, as well as acting as ‘the voice’ of their members to local, regional and national government.

Louise Bennett, Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said the city and county would be the focus of activities on Thursday 25 March.

She said: “It is great to be working collectively with Chambers across the region to deliver this week of celebration that will bring businesses from all over the West Midlands together.

“This has been the most incredibly difficult year for firms all over the country and businesses in the West Midlands have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. It has led to companies having to change the way they work and adapt to the circumstances. Chambers have had to do exactly the same and this Virtual Expo is an example of that.

“Coventry and Warwickshire will be in focus on 25 March and it will be an opportunity to celebrate some of our successes and also look ahead to the exciting year we have ahead as UK City of Culture.”

Sarah Perry, Managing Partner at Warwickshire law firm Wright Hassall – which is the Coventry and Warwickshire sponsor for the week, said: “Since the pandemic struck a year ago, we’ve been working with the Chamber to ensure that businesses have been kept informed and up-to-date on all of the issues that have arisen from the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are incredibly proud to be supporting this Business Week in our 175th anniversary year and we look forward to being part of the team that celebrates everything good in our region.”

Bookings for the event are now being taken. For more information on the West Midlands Business Week please speak to the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce on 024 7665 4321 or head to www.cw-chamber.co.uk/events

Kate Buckle
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