Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub's Business Solutions Portal CW Connect Helps Businesses To Trade Local To Beat Brexit

Coventry and Warwickshire businesses are being offered one way to avoid Brexit uncertainty …. to trade locally via a new online portal.

The CW Connect web platform enables them to bid for a range of contracts with local and national organisations they might otherwise overlook.

Current opportunities include providing legal services for the Coventry City of Culture Trust which is organising activities for UK City of Culture 2021.

Another high-profile contract is to design and build a development for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Already businesses are signing up to take advantage of the chance to compete against the “big boys” to supply goods and services that are required locally.

Jeremy Moore, head of Business Solutions, the commercial arm of the Growth Hub set up by Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, said: “A huge amount of investment is coming into the region in the next five years and we wanted to make sure local companies don’t miss out.

“CW Connect was launched earlier this year and is already generating a significant level of interest. We aim to bring business opportunities to the attention of SMEs in the area and encourage them to bid. Trading locally is not only good for local businesses – it’s good for the environment.

“Why go farther afield if excellent services can be provided locally?”

Companies with a CV postcode can pitch for work via the website.

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is offering the service to its members free of charge as it complements the Chamber’s Go For Growth: Trade Local campaign.

Other firms will be charged a subscription of £199 a year. If they are unsuccessful in winning contracts, help will be at hand from the Growth Hub and Business Solutions.