The remit for the BCA Trade and Business Focus Group effective July 15


The group to meet in whole or part as often as is necessary.
The Grp as a whole to meet quarterly. Dates to be agreed on 23 July

The group’s Chairman should be the Chairman of it Focus Group and may have up to two Deputy Chairman.

 The remit for the group – act to bring about outcomes over a period of 12 months: period, one being newsworthy vis a vis local media/newspaper coverage, which:

  • Help business be more competitive internationally and more effective when dealing with Commonwealth partners
  • Support enterprise and business development
  • Attract inward investment and foreign direct investment
  • Enhance trade links with Birmingham’s business
  • Exploit new markets particularly but not exclusively in Birmingham’s key growth sectors such as advanced engineering, financial services and life sciences
  • Develop the cities trade and research connections to support the competitiveness and growth of Birmingham’s Business
  • And in turn creating jobs, creating local wealth and enhancing bottom line profit.

What is fundamental however is that the group needs to be OUTCOME driven. It needs to understand what the business community wants, decide upon a clear mandate and upon agreed objectives within agreed timescales with realisable tangible gains for its partners.

The committee should also, as requested, assist with BCA-wide events. It should plan at least 12 months ahead and be creative in its thought process liaising with other organisations/BCA Focus Groups as required to achieve its objectives /outcomes.

It should fully consider/document all proposals it intends to act upon and put in place a ‘critical path’ and, as required, a risk assessment.

Suggested objectives/initiatives:

  1. Organise at least one reception each 12 month period for a visiting Commonwealth High Commissioner and capitalise on its outcome.
  2. Organise a ‘Commonwealth’ Conference with speakers promoting the benefits of trading with Commonwealth Countries focusing, if desired on particular countries/benefits.
  3. Engage with Business Students at local Universities/Colleges
  4. Engage with UKTI/the Lep/the Chamber of Commerce on joint Commonwealth projects

A BCA Strategic Partner
BCA Ambassador
Councillor Diane Donaldson – B’ham City Council
A BCA Strategic Partner
BCA Ambassador
Councillor Mohammed Aikhlaq MBE – B’ham City Council