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A cause for celebration

Published on Thursday, 1st September 2016

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is now in operation and we're celebrating the opportunities it brings to the region.

Here in Nuneaton and Bedworth we’re proud of all that makes us unique, our people, places and enviable strategic location between major urban centres such as Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester. Our borough is well-connected in every way and an ideal business location. With our rich cultural history, superb national and international transport links and excellent development sites, we’re well placed to take advantage of opportunities for new enterprise.

We’re proud of all we’ve achieved so far but we’re ambitious to do much more. That’s why the launch of the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is absolutely fantastic news for us – it’s the start of an exciting new chapter and we’re celebrating here in the borough.

On the evening of Tuesday 6th September we’ll be marking the launch of combined authority in the company of major local business leaders at an event hosted by Holland and Barrett, one of our flagship businesses.

Cllr Bob Sleigh, Chair of WMCA and Martin Reeves, the Chief Executive will be attending to talk about the exciting opportunities presented by what is the UK’s biggest devolution deal yet - the West Midlands will now benefit from an annual investment of around £36.5 million for the next 30 years, unlocking £8 billion worth of investment and generating an estimated half a million jobs.

Cllr Bob Sleigh, Chair of WMCA said:

“We’ve been given a great opportunity here to make real, lasting change for the future and we’re determined to seize it - we want the West Midlands to be the best place in the UK to do business.

As decisions about strategic issues like transport, regeneration and developing skills will now be made within the West Midlands rather than Whitehall, WMCA will have real impact on local people and businesses.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Council was the first authority in Warwickshire to join WMCA and has made a major contribution to getting it off the ground.  I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join local business leaders at the event on 6 September to celebrate the exciting opportunities ahead."

Cllr Dennis Harvey, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Council said:

“The combined authority came into operation in June, bringing a once in a generation opportunity to do more for people and businesses in the area. This is a real cause for celebration.

We’re just at the beginning of an incredible new journey for our borough - we have ambitious plans and I’m looking forward to celebrating the opportunities presented by the WMCA with those who share our ambitions locally.”

Peter Aldis, CEO of Holland and Barrett International, sponsor of the event said:

“We’re hugely proud to be involved in helping to support the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and especially proud of the contribution Nuneaton has made to get this new authority up-and-running.

Holland & Barrett International is now a global business, with franchises in locations as diverse as Kuwait and India, but we remain true to our roots with our headquarters, and over 350 of our staff, based in Nuneaton as the driving force of our business.

We want to assure other businesses that the West Midlands has the primary infrastructure, the central UK location, and the talent to make it a real hub for innovation and enterprise. Like us, large businesses must invest in staff facilities such as car parks and building regeneration, and support partnerships such as the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to help them drive forward the West Midlands as a business destination for the UK.”