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About Us

In Walsall we recognise that while the public sector can help create the conditions for economic prosperity, it is the private sector that plays the major role in creating local employment opportunities.  Established in 2012, Walsall Economic Board (WEB) is an important way of ensuring that our local businesses can have their voice heard in the strategic decisions that might affect them.

Who we are

WEB comprises members and a Chair drawn from across our diverse business community.  They are joined by Walsall Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, along with representatives from our education providers, public sector partners and voluntary community.

View biographies of the current WEB members HERE

 

 

 

 

Our priorities

 

Walsall’s overall strategic economic vision is set out in our Strategic Economic Plan and Economic Framework.  This covers what Walsall Council and its partners are seeking to achieve under the interrelated themes of People, Place and Business. 

In line with this, WEB has committed to focusing its activities on two main priorities:

  • supporting the creation of local jobs;
  • supporting local people to access those jobs. 

How we work

WEB itself meets every 6-8 weeks.  But the board’s work is increasingly carried out through sub-groups that focus on specific topics.  These ‘working groups’ are chaired by a WEB member but draw in additional partnership and officer support to take actions forward.

  • Employment and Skills Board (ESB)

Brings employers together with training and education providers, to focus on the skills that are needed by the current and future workforce of Walsall

  • Health and Economic Board (HEB)

Includes members of both WEB and the Health and Wellbeing Board, to develop healthy workplace initiatives that benefit employers and their employees, as well as programmes to reduce

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Comprising stakeholders from across business, public and voluntary sectors, its activities seek to maximise the benefits that can be gained from businesses ‘giving back’ to the people and communities of Walsall.

How to get involved

There is an open call for membership, with applications welcomed from any business operating in Walsall – whether you employ 10 people or 1,000.  Prospective applicants will be asked to outline their business’s commitment to Walsall as well as the personal skills and experience they can bring to the role.   

All applications are subject to approval by WEB.  As well as the information provided on the application form, they will consider the current balance of business types/employment sectors represented on the board to ensure it continues to reflect the borough.

If you are interested in applying to join WEB or one of the sub-groups, please email economicboard@walsall.gov.uk for more information and an application form.