This has been highlighted by recent research from the three main business representative organisations
which suggested that, even pre-Brexit, much remained to be done to ensure that industry and educationalists worked to together to deliver the skills needed for a competitive and productive economy.
"I am delighted with today's announcement and should like to pay tribute particularly to our local authority partners and the business representative organisations
, whose effort and support have secured this achievement.
The FSB Accord has a number of principles including early stage consultation with businesses; working with Local Strategic Partnerships to ensure they communicate with business representative organisations
and nominating representatives to act as 'business engagement champions'.
n The West Midlands Business Council marks the first time in the UK that independent business representative organisations
have joined to speak with one voice on regional business issues.
But I, and business representative organisations
within the West Midlands Business Council, have thought long and hard and are full square behind the campaign for New Street.
Dear Editor, Further to Mr Parr's letter, may we clarify that the business community - via 25 business representative organisations
such as the Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Birmingham Forward, Institute of Directors, EEF West Midlands, Federation of Small Businesses, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and many others - voted on which person should represent the interests of our business community on the Birmingham, Coventry and Black Country City Region Board (Undemocratic quango, Post Letters, May 23).
"I've also heard that there is a similar envy among business representative organisations
from colleagues outside Wales due to the level of engagement directly with the Welsh minister.
"With chambers of commerce losing 20 per cent to 30 per cent of their membership annually, business representative organisations
are, he believes, facing huge challenges.
Ms Rees said the report would be circulated widely among public sector agencies and business representative organisations
to encourage changes to the current system of business support.
Businesses join business representative organisations
for a wide range of reasons - one of which is to ensure their voices are heard and acted on in the corridors of power - whether regionally, nationally or in Brussels.
'It is crucial, therefore, that the Welsh Assembly Government, in partnership with business representative organisations
, develops appropriate arrangements to ensure that people in Wales are equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise.
By adopting a "one voice" approach to the city region, the 20 or more business representative organisations
in the region working with the West Midlands Business Council were successful in identifying a nominee for the city region board.