Midlands Steel Task Group

Save Our Steel Taskforce

Crisis talks as 260,000 Midlands jobs at risk after steel crash


Introduction to the Midlands Steel Taskforce:

This midlands steel taskforce was formed following the shocking figures revealed by the West Midlands Economic Forum that more than 260,000 Midlands jobs have been placed at risk by the UK’s steel crash. This initiative is being spearheaded by Birmingham City University’s Institute of Design and Economic Acceleration and the West Midlands Economic Forum aim’s to support growth across the region and has bought business leaders, academics and economists together to form to support the region’s operators dependent on, or connected with, the steel industry.

Key members of the taskforce incorporating up to 20 industry practitioners, support and lobby organisations include:

  • Neena Gill, West Midlands MEP
  • Rachel Eade, MBE, National Automotive Lead, Business Growth Service
  • Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • Bhanu Dhir, Head of Policy and Business Growth, Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Katie Judge, Executive Officer, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Phil Peak, Growth Hub, Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Jim Cunningham, Director, Black Country Growth Hub
  • Steve Parker, Chairman, Black Country Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
  • Paul Forrest, West Midlands Economic Forum
  • Beverley Nielsen, Birmingham City University; Institute for Design and Economic Acceleration (IDEA)
  • Professor Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School
  • Professor David Bailey, Aston University Business School


Information, Events and Supporting Documents

DWPs National Employer Service Team Jobsfair Events 12-13 Nov

Save Our Steel Press Release (Questions to Commissioner) – 9th November 2015

IDEA Background Briefing: Steel Industry Trends

Caparo demise highlights vulnerability of Midlands Steel Supply Chain – 25th October 2015

Midlands Steel Supply Chain background

Midlands Steel Supply Chain estimates

Midlands Steel Task Group Meeting 23rd October 2015 – Summary of Meeting