NEW MIDLANDS Mayor Andy Street “must make the region the best place to start and grow a business”.
That was the call from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) after it was announced the Conservative candidate had been elected after receiving 238,628 of the votes – a majority of 3,766 over second-place Labour candidate Sion Simon.
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “We look forward to working with Andy as the newly elected West Midlands Mayor and wish him many congratulations after a long, hard fought campaign.
“Partnerships will be crucial in order to ensure the Mayor and the WMCA achieve their aims – both cross political party partnerships (there are both Labour and a Conservative Local Authority leaders on the WMCA board) and cross sector.
“Throughout the campaign period we have worked with Andy and his team to promote the GBCC, Coventry & Warwickshire and Black Country Chambers of Commerce “manifesto” Business Priorities 2017: Vision for a West Midlands Mayor and were pleased with the support Andy showed for the work.
“We look forward to working with Andy to help make the region the best possible place to start, grow and move a business and ensure a strong business voice is heard in the West Midlands Combined Authority.
“While the General Election is understandably taking a significant amount of media and political attention at present, we would urge the new mayor not to lose time in their (relatively short) three-year term and get straight to the business of establishing their office and delivering for the region.”
As Mayor, Andy will chair the recently formed West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and work with local authority leaders and national government to ensure powers and responsibilities move from Westminster to the West Midlands.
The Mayor will be integral to driving economic growth and creating a more prosperous region for its residents and businesses.