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Heard about Telford Business Board?

Paul Hinkins chairs Telford Business Board, a collective group of local businesses who are passionate about the town. It has 38 members spanning a wide range of sectors, and meets every couple of months to gauge the views of the local economy. Here, he explains how the board works, and its hopes for 2018.


  1. Which organisations does TBB work with?
  2. We’re proud to have a diverse range of members on the board of TBB, ranging in size and scale, and covering a cross-section of industries from manufacturing and engineering, to design, environmental technologies and tourism. We also work with many partner organisations to help drive positive change in Telford, including the Marches Growth Hub, the Marches LEP, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and MSPN, a dedicated skills provider.


  1. How does the board deliver change?
  2. We have a wide network and through our partnership with these organisations, as well as our board members, we ensure that the region’s business voices are heard and understood. Their needs are fed into the local Marches LEP and into central government, which can subsequently bring benefits to SMEs to help them grow and thrive in Telford. We can signpost their needs to the most relevant organisations within in our network, and provide them with the voice through the local Marches LEP so that they can access vital support including loans, training and grants.


  1. What industries do the TBB Sector Champions represent?
  2. We have 18 sector champions covering manufacturing, environmental, security, tourism and leisure, ICT, as well as food and drink, agriculture, skills and training, and care – and much more.


  1. What are the plans for 2018?
  2. Land investment continues to be an ever-important topic and we see this continuing well into 2018 and beyond. As a board, we’re eager to continue encouraging inward investment, and helping not only to ensure businesses have the right facilities and opportunities to stay here, but others have what they want and need here to attract them to the region.


  1. How does this investment impact the wider community?
  2. We understand that for many, it’s not just a case of finding a job in Telford – it’s about the wider benefits of moving to Telford, whether it’s education and higher education for children at local schools, Telford College and the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford campus, through to travel and transport facilities available, leisure and entertainment, and housing.




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