GVA Grimley have teamed up with the CBI in the Midlands to offer advice on how businesses in the region can evolve to remain competitive in tough times.

The breakfast event, Managing Change, is being held on May 19 at GVA Grimley’s Brindleyplace offices and will examine the possible estate management strategies available to businesses and how their implementation can be best managed.

The results of the most recent GVA Grimley and CBI Corporate Real Estate Survey, showing the latest trends in the region’s commercial property market, will also be explained and discussed as part of the seminar.

The seminar will be chaired by CBI Regional Director Chris Clifford and presentations will be made by representatives from Advantage West Midlands and KPMG as well as GVA Grimley’s Corporate Consultancy director, Howard Cooke.

Ian Stringer, Regional Senior Director at GVA Grimley in Birmingham, said: “With business confidence falling and cutbacks in output, employment and property needs, it is critical to examine how business should adapt to these demanding economic conditions. Using the findings of the GVA Grimley and CBI Corporate Real Estate survey, we will highlight the latest trends for occupier demand in the region and put property into a financial context by assessing the impact it has on the operational needs of business.”

Chris Clifford, Regional CBI Director, West Midlands and Oxfordshire, said: “Managing change will be a critical factor in how the region’s economy responds to the current challenges being faced and will play a vital role in helping business to recover.

“The Midlands currently faces a wide variety of economic challenges and this seminar aims to address these issues and look at how they can be effectively managed through change.”