Business leader Sir Digby Jones has celebrated the West Midlands as a region which can create success to match anything in the world.
And Brummie Sir Digby said it was vital that companies push on and train today for the jobs of tomorrow.
The director general of the CBI spoke to The Birmingham Post yesterday at the official opening of IT giant CSC's regional offices in Solihull.
He said the company was "living proof that we can deliver success, and deliver it in the West Midlands, and you do not need to go to other parts of the country, or indeed, to other parts of the world."
CSC employs around 10,000 people in the UK, with 1,000 in the Midlands and around 800 now based at Landsdowne Gate, New Road, Solihull.
Sir Digby said that when jobs sadly go - such as at MG Rover or Marconi - the important thing was "that we train people into the new jobs of tomorrow, and here at CSC there is living proof there are quality jobs for tomorrow's economy available in the West Midlands."
His comments came on the heels of a ground-breaking scheme by CSC which could protect jobs threatened by outsourcing work to cheaper locations.
The company, in a move welcomed by the trade union Amicus, has agreed to plough back some of the savings it makes from moving tasks offshore into retraining and developing the careers of British workers whose jobs may have been threatened.
CSC has major support contracts with the National Grid and National Health Service.
And the company - which is a sponsor of the Tour de France - is one of six operations delivering the Department of Health's new information programme.
The system changes the way information is managed by the NHS and aims to ensure doctors, nurses and other health professionals can access vital patient information around the clock and across the country.
It has led some doctors to question whether patient confidentiality could be jeopardised, but a CSC spokeswoman said the company had confidence in its system.
The deal - over ten years from 2003 - was worth an an initial £973 million plus a second contract of £196 million.
Business leaders from across the region attended the launch as did the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull, Alan and Elspeth Martin.
CSC's UK marketing director Angela Bowland said: "Our heritage of supporting manufacturing businesses in the West Midlands gave us an excellent grounding in the region.
"Working with the National Grid and the NHS, our two most recent high profile clients in the region, highlights our continued commitment to working and explaining our footprint in this area."
CSC's other clients include Marconi, Royal Mail, Jaguar, and Land Rover.
While around 800 people work in Solihull, another 200 are based at client sites around the region. The HQ was opened by Sir Digby.