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Networks & Forums

Solihull offers a supportive environment for local businesses, with networks and forums to cater for all business needs.  Whether you are looking to develop business to business relationships, tackle common issues with your business neighbours, or hear about key topics of support relevant to your business sector, there is a group for you.

Local Area Business Forums

Solihull Sustainability Vision Group

Partner Organisations and Networks

Local Area Business Forums

Solihull Council and partners co-ordinate a series of free business forums for different areas of the Solihull Borough, aiming to bring together local companies, share information and tackle issues collectively.

Current forums include:

Cranmore Business Network - for the Highlands Road/Cranmore Boulevard area

Solihull North Business Forum

The Solihull North Business Forum provides a unique opportunity for businesses in Elmdon, Bickenhill and North Solihull to connect with each other and also to connect with representatives of Solihull Council, Solihull Chamber of Commerce, FSB and other key stakeholders.

The forum takes place 3-4 times a year at various business locations across Solihull. It runs for 90 minutes with networking for 30 minutes before and after.  At each forum, there is the opportunity to discuss what is happening across Solihull and hear from the experts who are influencing and affecting the growth and development of businesses in Solihull.

The forum is free to attend.

The forum is continually looking for ways to improve engagement with businesses in the borough.  If you would like to put your thoughts, observations and ideas forward, just come along to one of the forum meetings or contact the Business Investment Team on 0121 704 6151 or email

Junction 4 – for Blythe Valley Park, Fore and parts of the Stratford Road/A34. Download a list of current members here

Shirley – co-ordinated by the Shadow Board Team

For more information, or to register membership, please call 0121 704 6151.

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Solihull Sustainability Vision Group

Solihull Sustainability Visioning Group aims; 'to help Solihull to be at the forefront of sustainable business development and a showcase for environmental business standards, supporting Solihull’s transition to a low carbon economy'.

Led by senior business representatives and stakeholders including the Group's four key priorities are to: 

• Raise the standards of waste and energy management practices 
• Promote proven 'green technology' that is efficient and cost effective 
• Influence regional and local policy making, to ensure sustainability is at the heart of decision making
• Conserve and enhance the natural environment, in particular community space

For more information, or to join the group, call 0121 704 6529 or email

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Partner Organisations and Networks

Solihull Business Improvement District (BID)

Solihull BID was formed in March 2010 after a successful ‘yes’ vote, resulting in a £2.5 million investment which is funding a series of projects to make Solihull town centre a better place to work and visit.

The BID co-ordinate a number of networking and business support events throughout the year, particularly for businesses within Solihull town centre. For more information, call 0121 285 1370 or visit their website

Solihull Chamber of Commerce

Solihull Chamber has an active events programme to ensure members are able to make the contacts they need to help their businesses to grow. For their latest events, call 0121 781 7384 or visit their website.

Federation of Small Businesses

Solihull & Coleshill are an active branch organising monthly networking breakfasts and also working closely with political figures to represent the views of local small businesses. For their latest events, please see their website.

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