The Chamber hosted an online event last month with Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive and Production Director, Jacob Gough of Coventry City of Culture Trust. Just under 100 local firms were briefed about the range of future contracts up for grabs for the highly anticipated event, which starts in May 2021.
Working as a delivery partner, the Chamber will support the Trust with its strategic objectives and help maximise the social, economic and cultural benefits the title will bring.
The event also looked at how businesses can promote creativity in their workforce and start making plans to engage with the year. Jo Hunter, of 64 Million Artists, led an interactive activity with delegates as well as sharing the benefits creativity in the workplace can bring.
Martin said: “There was always a strong economic driver behind Coventry being UK City of Culture and now, more than ever, that is required.
“As a city and a region, we are very fortunate to have this boost coming our way at this incredibly difficult time and it’s important that we make the most of that.
“We are working with local businesses already but there are going to be further opportunities with us including everything from lighting through to cleaning services.
“But we also want to work with organisations such as the Chamber in terms of businesses making the most of UK City of Culture in others way too – such as more visitors coming to the region, greater profile for the city and also the opportunities it might bring to their staff to get involved.”
Chris Nagle, Events, Communications and Marketing Manager for the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to be a Delivery Partner for Coventry 2021.
“We supported the bid to be UK City of Culture very early on, as we could see all of the potential benefits it would bring to the city and the wider region.
“Now it’s up to all of us to support the team in turning the potential we saw into reality.”
FinditinCW will work with the City of Culture Trust to highlight the available supply chain opportunities to our members. You can also keep an eye on the Coventry 2021 website >
A recording of the ChamberLIVE event can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xzJDudk9ePM