New forum set to boost Asian business


Wolverhampton Asian Business Forum launches this week

ASIAN business in Wolverhampton can have a stronger voice, get more information and forge better links with influential organisations by joining forces at the first Wolverhampton Asian Business Forum this week.

The inaugural meeting will take place at Molineux Stadium’s International Suite at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday September 22, 2011). Registration and refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

Wolverhampton City Council’s Head of Economic Development Jay Patel will explain what the council has been doing to engage with businesses in the city and the benefits that the emerging City Wide Forum for small to medium-sized enterprises – which the Asian Business Forum will contribute to – will bring.

The Asian Business Forum, which is expected to meet quarterly, will help to ‘map’ the city’s Asian business community and identify the big issues, problems and opportunities that major organisations like the council can help to address.

The first meeting will be an opportunity for key Asian business owners and managers to set the agenda and make sure that the forum will work for them.

Caroline Harris, Wolverhampton India Project Manager, said: “We’re determined to improve our engagement with important business communities in Wolverhampton.

“Asian businesses are a vital part of the local economy. The forum will help to ensure that the interests of Asian businesses are considered when big decisions affecting the city’s economy are made.

“Also, the businesses themselves will benefit from having the latest information and support available. I hope to see as many Asian business owners and managers as possible at the first Wolverhampton Asian Business Forum.”

For more information about the Wolverhampton Asian Business Forum, or to reserve a place, contact Caroline Harris on 01902 554197 or email For more details about the City Wide Forum for small to medium-sized enterprises, which is currently under development, please call Graham Clark on 01902 555850 or email


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