The impact of the current economic and financial situation on businesses in the West Midlands Region - Evidence hearing

The West Midlands Select Committee is having its third evidence hearing on Monday 8 June

at 10:30am in the Evolution Boardroom, Ashley Building, Staffordshire University, Stoke Campus, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF. The hearing, which is open to the public, is part of the West Midlands Committee's first inquiry into the impact of the current economic and financial situation on businesses in the West Midlands Region.

Witnesses

10.30 - 11.15
Dr Laura Cohen, Chief Executive, British Ceramic Confederation

Mike Shirley, Chief Executive, Jesse Shirley

11.15 - 12.00
Gerard Coyne, Regional Officer, Unite the Union

12.00 - 13.00
Mark Barrow, Local Government Association, and Newcastle Under Lyme Council

Steve Burrows Deputy Corporate Director Regeneration Staffs County Council

Chris Harman, Chief Executive, Stoke City Council, and

Tom Macartney, Managing Director of North Staffs Regeneration Partnership

The chair of the Committee Richard Burden MP said:

"These are difficult times for businesses throughout the West Midlands. It is important that the new West Midlands Select Committee hears from those at the sharp end all across the West Midlands. That's why it is so important that we get out to all parts of the region.

"The Committee has already held evidence sessions in Leamington and Birmingham and on Monday we will be in Stoke.

"The Committee wants to find out what Government help and advice is most useful to West Midlands business and where improvements could be made - so we can put this to Ministers on behalf of our whole region."