A top Birmingham businessman has launched a new attack on the alleged ineffectiveness of the city's MPs.
Malcolm Gloster, regional senior partner of property agents GVA Grimley, says they are simply not sufficiently "heavyweight".
His comments came as the firm announced a profits rise to #26 million with turnover up 22 per cent to #114 million.
GVA Grimley is working on major projects such as Long-bridge, Fort Dunlop and Eastside.
Mr Gloster said: "I am not convinced that our MPs are heavyweight enough to really bat for the West Midlands.
"Other regions seem to achieve more backing and support from Westminster than we do."
But he acknowledged: "There needs to be more connection between business and the politicians who represent the region. We need to be working with them to lobby central government for more investment."
The West Midlands was not "looking for handouts".
It was a "key" part of the country for attracting in international investment.
But Mr Gloster accepted that there needed to be greater unity within Birmingham on big projects like the super-casino, New Street Station and the Airport.
And he highlighted how in the case of New Street "at last there is a scheme which looks achieveable".
But conversely, Mr Gloster, a former chairman of professional sector lobby group Birmingham Forward, believes there is too much criticism of the length of time it takes to bring big schemes to fruition.
He recalled: "It took Brindleyplace ten years before they laid a brick."
It very often took considerable effort to get a site ready - putting land into one ownership and sorting planning.
"People are critical of lack of activity at Eastside, yet there is lots going on," said Mr Gloster.
"There has been much land acquisition, mainly by Advantage West Midlands, and these things do take time.
"So some of the criticism is unfair."
GVA Grimley is deeply involved with Eastside having been appointed by Birmingham City Council to market the Eastside Technology site, next to Millennium Point.
The work has now begun with a total of one million sq ft up for grabs - set to have an ultimate end value of #300 million.
The firm is looking for a development partner to work with the city council on the project which will go forward on a phased basis.
Mr Gloster describes the enormity of the scheme as the equivalent of "another Brindleyplace".
GVA Grimley is also acting on the associated Birmingham Pinnacle, the idea for a socalled vertical theme park.
He says that is making progress, is at the design stage, with the next move to put in a planning application.
The firm's role is to handle leisure, retail and commercial space around the Pinnacle. A hotel could also come into the equation.
And GVA Grimley, which has acted throughout on Brindleyplace, where it has its own offices, is also working on the final building, No.11.
It will be 94,000 sq ft, is at the design stage and a start is hoped for by Christmas. It will take two years to build.
GVA Grimley is joint agent with DTZ on Fort Dunlop where it is marketing 300,000 sq ft of offices along with ground floor retail and leisure space, and it is acting with the City Council and Optima housing association on the huge Attwood Green housing scheme in central Birmingham, the former Lee Bank.
The firm has had a deep involvement with Longbridge following the demise of MG Rover.
It worked with administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers on valuation work, plant and machinery disposals, and is now sole agent with landowner St Modwen on the two million sq ft of land it intends to develop after allowing for the hoped for Nanjing car making plant.
The land is currently being marketed, with sheds, warehouses, distribution and possibly manufacturing envisaged.