Business communities ‘need to work together’ to ensure Midlands Engine success

Sir John Peace speaking at the British Indian Business Forum annual dinner
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Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace has told an audience from the British Indian business community that the region’s success depends on people coming together.

Sir John told the British Indian Business Forum that the Midlands Engine had a vision to “deliver an enhanced quality of life for citizens and communities and become a globally recognised driver of the economy”.

“We need to be able to compete as a region on the global stage,” he said. “It is time to stop talking in whispers, it is time for the Midlands Engine to roar.

“We don’t do this in a fragmented way, we do it together as a region to drive economic growth. By coming together we can make the difference and the work of the British Indian Business Forum is very important to this. By raising the bar once again, as you have tonight, we can fulfil the region’s huge potential.”

The British Indian Business Forum was set up 10 years ago with the aim to raise the profile of hidden success stories, share contacts and knowledge within the business community.

Its eighth annual dinner attracted 450 people to Goosedale, Nottingham.

BIBF chairman Dr Jas Bilkhu added: “We have had a fantastic event tonight with a record turnout and what I am hearing from everyone in the room is that same feeling of unity, of driving the city and the region forward together.

“Our work in welcoming the students, promoting our region’s universities and getting behind the Midlands Engine is part of a long term vision, a vision that is truly global in its scope.”