Business leaders in the Midlands have come out in support of London's Olympic bid, as inspectors from the International Olympic Committee arrived in the capital.
West Midlands Business Council said bringing the Games to London in 2012 would provide opportunities to attract jobs and prosperity to the region.
It follows a visit to the region by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, who put the case for backing the bid at a reception hosted by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
The IOC's Evaluation Commission, which decides where the Games will go, arrived in London yesterday to examine the city's proposals. Other favourites to host the games include Madrid and Paris.
Martin Chambers, from the West Midlands Business Council and the Chartered Institute of Building, said a successful British bid would be good for business across the country.
He said: "The West Midlands Business Council has given unanimous backing for London to win the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games as this can only be a winner for West Midlands business.
"For tourism, we will be able to showcase the West Midlands region to a worldwide audience.
"We can ensure that when the focus falls on Britain, our great links to every part of the UK and our entrepreneurial culture means that the West Midlands region can attract inward investment."