No other region has more talent and more get-up-and-go than the West Midlands, claims leading businesswoman Beverley Nielsen as she is named as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Metro Mayor of the WM Combined Authority. “Everywhere I go, in whatever sphere I’m working, I find the originality, ingenuity, imagination and sheer hard work that is the hallmark of a successful region. That make us simply the best.” she says.
“But too often I see the region held back and starved of investment and resources. It’s time to be masters of our own destiny promoting our own needs with a shared voice. It’s high time we were recognised as the Self-Made Place that we are. A place that is changing the world through its ingenuity to improve quality of life for people everywhere."
“I’ve worked with business, small and large, education and training. Our history in design, manufacturing and education should give us the confidence and self belief to power us, working together, to an even greater future.”
Her plans to capitalise on the region’s strengths will be the key feature of her campaign: “I will be fighting for a fairer share of the national resource for the West Midlands, with a special focus on delivering infrastructure and housing. With a strong Metro Mayor and a strong support team, we can get on with what we really can achieve and get our Midlands Engine firing on all cylinders."
“I’ll promote our reputation and underline our many achievements, especially as world-class makers, with a growing emphasis on manufacture and services and I’ll ensure a collaborative entrepreneurial culture. My work shows that we can do a great deal more to improve the life chances of everyone in the region by combining to share resource, knowledge, talent and information across public and private sectors and where possible, by pooling budgets to deliver shared outcomes.”