Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recruited support services firm and transport specialist Amey as a patron of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In February Amey extended its presence with the acquisition of Birmingham-based engineering, professional services and management consultancy Owen Williams and is currently bidding for the City Council's £2.2 billion Highways Maintenance and Management Service PFI contract, which will upgrade and maintain the city's roads over a 25-year period.
Jerry Blackett, policy director of Birmingham Chamber and soon to take over as chief executive, said: "It cannot be stressed too highly the role that transport will play in the future of Birmingham in retaining and attracting successful businesses, skilled employees and families who want to live and relax in the city and its surroundings. Amey brings to the Chamber enormously valuable experience in the sector.
"Patrons are hugely important to the Chamber, not just in terms of the specialist expertise they bring to the organisation but also in their ability to promote and lobby on behalf of the city's business community."
Chris Webster, executive director, Amey, said: "Birmingham is highly respected as a voice for business and we are looking forward to playing our part in its future. Birmingham is clearly on the threshold of the next step in its renaissance, with several major landmark projects such as New Street in the planning stages. Everyone at Amey is passionate about and committed to that resurgence."
The company employs more than 1,000 people in Birmingham and was recently ranked among Network Rail's top ten performers out of 3,919 suppliers.