Catalyst hosts Q&A with West Midlands mayoral candidate Andy Street

On Friday 24 March 2017, Catalyst Corporate Finance (“Catalyst”), hosted a Q&A with West Midland’s mayoral candidate Andy Street, at its Birmingham Office.  Andy is the former managing director of John Lewis and former chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Catalyst invited a number of senior individuals from Birmingham’s professional services industry and wider business community and the event was an opportunity for them to understand his priorities and to discuss issues important to the region which included transport, housing, job creation, skills training and investment.

 An in-depth Q&A followed with questions around:

  • Understanding the powers of the mayor and areas of responsibility

  • Range of initiatives to support economic growth and businesses

  • The importance of improving skills and of establishing sectors in the West Midlands which are global leaders to replicate success of the Tech City-type clusters in London

  • How Andy Street would represent the West Midlands around the world to encourage further inward investment and increase exports from the region.He cited the US, Commonwealth (especially India) and emerging economies as key targets

Richard Sanders, partner of Catalyst Corporate Finance commented: “We were delighted that Andy Street came to speak at our event which was a chance to get the West Midlands business community together and discuss the important issues that face businesses in the region. Catalyst is always supportive of local businesses, working with owners and management teams to create value for their businesses.”

Andy Street, West Midlands mayoral candidate commented: “It’s always great to discuss the future of the West Midlands during my Ask Andy sessions, like at Catalyst. The business community is a vital part of my Renewal Plan to restore pride to the West Midlands.”

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