2014 can be described as a year when the pendulum is swinging for the West Midlands.
It is true that much of the growth has been driven by the JLR supply chain, but also the entrepreneurial culture of the region, which is now really starting to flourish. It is really pleasing to see that these innovative companies are securing finance from the likes of the Business Growth Fund,Mercia Fund, Midven, Finance Birmingham, Oxygen Accelerator, and others. it is great to be a part of all of this.
The power of all of this can be seen from the high value sale of Delcam Plc a worldwide 3D software business, principally for the manufacturing industry. It is a great example of how a local business, with good stewardship, can scale into a global business and maintain its market leadership, for the benefit of the region. Well done to Peter Miles and the team, you are to be congratulated.