Crewsaders became an official member of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce at the start of 2019, with the ambition to grow the company profile and raise its networking and new business opportunities across the breadth of the West Midlands.
With Crewsaders HQ based in Solihull, there is already a stronghold of local Midlands based crew helping to deliver large-scale events in Birmingham and all the surrounding counties.
Head of Communications and Marketing at Crewsaders, Laura McConnachie, states that the company is looking forward to creating new local partnerships across all sectors and especially on the approach to 2022, whereby Birmingham was awarded the rights to host the Commonwealth Games back in December 2017.
“There is lots of opportunity for local businesses within and around Birmingham to be a part of something very special. One of the prerequisites of the procurement process to become a supplier of the 2022 Games is the inclusion of surrounding businesses to help boost the local economy. Beyond 2022, the GBCC allows us to engage and connect with new business on a level that would otherwise not be possible, with the added prospect of establishing some incredible partnerships.”
The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to take place a decade after London 2012 on the 7th August 2022 and the confirmed £778m public funding is set to reposition Birmingham as a key international event city.
It is estimated that over one million tickets will be made available for spectators whilst an astonishing one and a half billion people will be tuning in worldwide.
Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society has stated“The Games budget is a significant investment in Birmingham and the region that will deliver benefits to local people for years to come.”
These sentiments are reinforced by Paul Faulkner, CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce who reiterates that whilst the vast benefits of being confirmed as the host city were already widely known, “it’s good to get this confirmation from the government, spelling out how the Games will bring nothing but a positive outcome for the region.”
“Businesses are looking forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities which will be derived from the city being in the world spotlight plus all the benefits it will bring to the Greater Birmingham economy and beyond. The legacy will last for decades.”