The Black Country is set to be used as a beacon of business excellence in a new documentary contrasting the health of the UK and German economies.
Veteran journalist and television producer Gunter Ederer came to the area to find out why the British performance is healthier than that of his homeland.
Mr Ederer was also interested in how enterprise and business start- ups were supported.
He has visited the Black Country three times before in the 1970s and 1990s.
He said: "Back in the 70s I would not have given a penny for the British economy, but what you have achieved over the last 30 years has to be admired and applauded."
He believes it was Margaret Thatcher who kick-started the transformation and the tenacity of British business ensured that success after success continued.
Using Black Country Chamber as hosts the German TV crew were able to film new developments at Merry Hill, Walsall and West Bromwich.
Mr Ederer, who will produce and present the programme, said he was impressed at how easy it was to start up a business in the UK compared to Germany and at the high level of support available.
In Germany no one can launch a company without first having a bank balance of 25,000 euros (£17,000) and having undergone formal training and exams.
He said that while the German system had advantages in probably clearing out " cowboys" it deterred many enterprising Germans from starting their own business.
Mr Ederer was also convinced that German red tape far exceeded that of Britain and also contributed towards the current economic climate there.
During their stay the German crew filmed Black Country Chamber & Business Link's Skills Hotline at work. The service - 0845 754557 - has helped 792 companies to put 5,242 people back into training.
They also attended a speed networking event at the Copthorne Hotel to see how Black Country Chamber was helping its members to increase trade and expand their business.