BUSINESS organisations across the Midlands have joined forces to raise the profile of thousands of firms in a week-long celebration.
The West Midlands Virtual Business Expo, which kicks off in March, will allow companies to network, make new connections and grow, as the business world looks to a post-pandemic recovery.
The Expo, a collaboration between the region’s Chambers of Commerce – including the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber – will give firms the opportunity to exhibit alongside a variety of business-focused events.
Taking place from March 22 to 26, the Expo comes during a third national lockdown in which many firms have struggled to stay afloat, despite a range of financial support measures put in place by the government.
Over five days, the Virtual Expo is expected to attract thousands of visitors from across the region with exhibitors manning their virtual stands to showcase their products and services, while being able to respond online to new customer enquiries.
A range of 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.
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said the region would be the focus of activities on Thursday March 25.
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 March 25 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 – 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.”
Visit www.cw-chamber.co.uk/events or call the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce on 024 7665 4321 to book, or for more information.