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Early years of Greater Birmingham LEP under event spotlight

Deputy chairman Steve Hollis to examine first three years of the LEP and look ahead to future projects at BPS Birmingham evening

Steve Hollis, who will speak next month at a BPS Birmingham event about the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP

The first three years of the Birmingham area's local enterprise partnership will be the focus of city centre event next month.

Steve Hollis, deputy chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, will outline the body's achievements and also its key plans for the future at the event entitled 'GBSLEP: a Year in Review'.

GBSLEP was formed following the wind down of Advantage West Midlands and commenced work in summer 2011.

Its achievements over the past three years include the recently announced funding stream of £357.3m from the Local Growth Fund to help provide 19,000 jobs as part of GBSLEP's Growth Deal.

Mr Hollis, the former Midlands chairman for KPMG, will also be discussing the important role professional services firms should play in the continued regeneration of Birmingham city centre and the surrounding area.

The event, which is being organised by networking group BPS Birmingham, will be hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle on September 4.

Kelvin Craddock, associate director at Jones Lang LaSalle and chair of the BPS Birmingham city centre committee, said: "Steve Hollis has been hugely influential in developing the GBSLEP strategy and in securing the Local Growth funding, which will deliver significant economic growth and support development and employment in Birmingham and the surrounding regions.

"This event will provide a detailed insight into the tangible results that the GBSLEP has delivered and what is in store for the future.

"In particular, it’s a great chance to find out how the money is being invested in the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone to stimulate growth and development."

The event kicks off at 6pm at Jones Lang LaSalle’s offices at 45 Church Street. See bpsbirmingham.co.uk to book tickets or for further information.

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