As an individual entity, WMIT is a delivery partner for both the public and private sectors. As one of nine contracted delivery partners for the Department for International Trade (DIT), its primary role, working through its Chamber network, is to support businesses that want to increase their exporting potential and maximise global opportunities.
A key role for WMIT is working with our Partners & Stakeholders.
Working with intermediaries and partners is essential in broadening the levels of promotion, engagement and take up of DIT services. Intermediaries and partners provide DIT with an easy way to amplify its messages and expand its network and reach.
Our key Stakeholders are listed below.
Department for International Trade (DIT) secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment. DIT are one of the few international economic departments in Whitehall
DIT's responsibilities are to:
help businesses export
drive inward and outward investment
negotiate market access and trade deals
champion free trade
DIT's objectives are to:
support and encourage UK businesses to drive sustainable international growth
ensure the UK remains a leading destination for international investment and maintains its number one position for international investment stock in Europe
open markets, building a trade framework with new and existing partners which is free and fair
use trade and investment to underpin the government’s agenda for a Global Britain and its ambitions for prosperity, stability and security worldwide
for more information on the Department for International Trade please click on the logo above
The Midlands Engine partnership brings together public sector partners and businesses to complement the activity of local and combined authorities, LEPs, universities, businesses and others. We are generating added value for the whole of the Midlands, its communities and the wider UK.
We bring a collective voice from our region, adding value as an influencer, an advocate, a catalyst for change and an enabler of accelerated delivery.
Our approach is apolitical, focused on increasing productive economic growth and improving quality of life for communities in every part of the region.
for more information on the Midlands Engine please click on the logo above
The Chambers of Commerce in the West Midlands reach an extensive regional business community at local levels, These Chambers of Commerce provide:
a local business network
membership support for companies across the region
an established service which adapts to changing business climates
an organisation at the centre of the business community
a point of advice and contact for both members and non-members
a lobbying service on behalf of its local members
There are many reasons to join your local chamber of commerce including networking, to access expertise and advice, to gain valuable insight into exporting, for the events programme and personal development.
Joining your local chamber will benefit you in a number of ways and give you the competitive advantage. This is delivered by providing:
Value added services that improve profitability
Easing the burden of legislation on members
Providing inter-trading and networking opportunities
Championing the cause of local business at local, regional and national level
Motivating member businesses to grow by the provision of support services to facilitate that growth
To JOIN your local Chamber of Commerce click on one of the logos above.
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses that were set up following the abolition of Regional Development Agencies in March 2012. In the West Midlands six LEPs have been established, set up to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within their respective local areas.
WMIT and its Partner Chambers of Commerce work closely with each of the regions LEPs providing connectivity and business intelligence through Chambers members and the broader Chamber businesses networks. We help advise on policy, strategy setting and also provide practical support though the organisation of collaborative activities and LEP events.
As the contracted delivery partner for the Department for International Trade in the West Midlands We have a close working relationship with each of our LEPs and more recently with the region’s Growth Hubs. Our work focusses on supporting LEP international trade agendas which aim to increase the number of businesses in the West Midlands that are exporting.
Growth Hubs have been established to be the go to place for ‘Business Support’; their role being to signpost businesses to all of the available support on offer and to help businesses navigate the sometimes complex business and financial support programmes available.
WMIT and our Partner Chambers work to ensure that international trade support is available through and accessible from the regions six Growth Hubs. Our teams are closely linked to ensure that all of the businesses we support have access to the broadest range of support available through the Growth Hubs.
For more information on any of the regions six LEPs please click on the logos above.