To drive economic growth and prosperity through collaboration and engagement with regional businesses by delivering a first class international trade support service on behalf of our stakeholders
West Midlands International Trade LLP (WMIT) is a joint initiative between the six Chambers of Commerce in the West Midlands.
Incorporated in 2006 as a Limited Liability Partnership West Midlands International Trade LLP, is a unique special purpose entity providing a single point of contact and contracting for the services of, The Department for International Trade (DIT) and The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on behalf of the six Chambers in the West Midlands region.
Since 2006 we have been the delivery partner for the Department for International Trade (DIT), - previously UKTI, - in the West Midlands, our aim is effective contract performance and delivery ensuring that the region contributes to the government’s Export Strategy, in raising UK exports as a share of GDP from 30% to 35%
Our objective in delivering for DIT is to maximise the volume and value of exports for companies of all sizes in the region. Our international trade services are delivered via 37 International Trade Advisers based in 6 dispersed teams, each located within a regional Chamber of Commerce ensuring local connectivity with our target businesses in all sectors
As DIT’s regional point of delivery, we are responsible for implementing its policy, programme delivery and managing and implementing any department-led changes within the region
Along with the East Midlands delivery partner we have joint responsibility for Midlands Engine Trade promotion activity.
We also work with the six West Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the West Midlands Combined Authority, as well as local authorities on their export propositions.
With the firmly established infrastructure of our six local Chambers and their experienced staff, we can provide a truly exclusive proposition in terms of our ability to respond quickly, to keep overheads low and to effectively access all or targeted segments of the 250,000 West Midlands businesses.
By offering a single regional point of contact, a consistent local approach to delivery and a huge market reach WMIT is the ideal model for the delivery of dependable specialist regional business support at a local level.
By securing additional ERDF funding WMIT has broadend and enhanced the range of international trade support available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands.
The ERDF Enhanced Export Growth Project (EEGP) provides support focused on micro and small none and novice exporting businesses, providing additional activities that seeks to encourage SMEs to consider and explore export opportunities and to access a range of support available to help them succeed.
The EEGP specifically enables WMIT to work directly with the region’s six Growth Hubs providing knowledge transfer and capacity building of growth hub staff, supporting growth hubs to enable effective handling of lower level SME export enquiries, ensuring that non-export ready businesses are meaningfully supported through a range of triage activities
Our Main board is made up from the CEOs from the Six Chambers of Commerce in the West Midlands
Paul Faulkner - Cheif Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
Corin Crane - Cheif Executive, Black Country Chamber of Commerce
Louise Bennet OBE DL - Cheif Executive, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
Sharon Smith - Cheif Executive, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Richard Smith - Cheif Executive, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
Sara Williams - Cheif Executive, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Allen Matty MBE - Managing Director, West Midlands International Trade LLP (Observer)
Ian Harrison - Head of Exports, Midlands, Department for International Trae
Our Leadership Team below is responsible for the day to day operational delivery of our contracts with The Department for International Trade (DIT), Midlands Engine and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
Allen Matty MBE MiEx
Reporting to the board, Allen has overall responsibility for the day to day operational and strategic delivery of the West Midlands International Trade LLP business plan, including full P&L responsibility, budgetary controls, contract management and stakeholder/partner relationships
Allen has over 35 years’ experience working within an International Trade environment, both in the private sector (UK and overseas) and the management/delivery of Public Sector service contracts.
As WMIT's Managing Director Allen is the accountable officer responsible for delivering the Department for International Trades’ West Midlands international trade services contract and WMIT's ERDF Funded, Enhanced Export Growth Programme,
Head of Business Development & Partnerships
Responsible for business promotion and marketing, client engagement and acquisition, through developing and delivering appropriate and relevant services and event activities. ERDF Project management, delivery and performance.
Working with Partners to develop value added international trade business support solutions to encourage more West Midlands businesses to access, succeed and grow through Export Opportunities.
Working closely with the regions six Local Enterprise Partnerships to reinforce and enhance the DIT service offer. Positioning WMIT as being the preferred international trade service for LEPs across the West Midlands and maximising buy in of DIT services by LEPs. To establish LEP strategies for international trade and working with them to establish enhanced business support solutions through Growth Hubs and identify commonalities to develop a joined up strategy.
Head of Operations
Responsible for the overall performance management, data, Management Information, and operational delivery of the DIT contract. Including the overseeing of our delivery team of International Trade Adviser and Specialist Advisers teams
Input into the strategic business planning process, and development of processes and procedures for successful and compliant delivery of all outputs.
Capturing intelligence to feed into the business strategy and gathering information, conducting analysis and reporting to the Board of Directors.
To contact our main board or leadership team please click here to email : Julie Galliers, Executive Assistant, West Midlands International Trade LLP