A new business support portal will be one of the major announcements at the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s first annual general meeting this week.

Due to held at Villa Park on Wednesday, the event will mark a first year of operation that has delivered early successes, including the £125 million Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative and securing £23 million from the Government’s Growing Place fund to kick-start stalled development projects.

There will also be a progress report on the vanguard enterprise zone for Birmingham city centre, which, once fully developed, will create 40,000 new private sector jobs and contribute £2.8 billion to the economy.

Andy Street, chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "I am pleased with the progress we have made during the first 12 months, but conscious of the even bigger challenges we face going forward.

"The annual general meeting is an excellent opportunity to both reflect on our progress and look where we are going and what part businesses in the LEP can play."

The event opens at 1.30pm and starts at 2pm. There are a limited number of places left, so to register email delegate names, company names and contact email address to lepevent@birmingham-chamber.com.