West Midlands business leaders were lobbying in Brussels yesterday.

The 16-strong delegation, under Midlands World Trade Forum president, Peter Mathews, said: "We will push the European Commission to ensure Midlands firms get a fair crack of the whip to bid for European public procurement contracts. So far, the different governments do not have the same open door policy for our firms to bid for contracts - the reverse of what we witness every day in the region."

The delegation is also meeting West Midlands MEPs to discuss working together.

Todaythere will be discussions with various European regions to together tap into emerging South Asian markets.