Partnerships are often important in the world of business, in order for companies to grow and improve. This is something that the upcoming Nottingham Post Business Awards recognises, and this year’s ceremony will see the best business partnerships rewarded through the ‘Partnership of the Year’ category.
A brand-new category at this year’s event, the inaugural award will celebrate the success of one particular business partnership.
One organisation who understands how vital these partnerships can be, is Midlands Connect who explore, recommend and develop transport projects across the Midlands and beyond. Turning evidence into investment, they work on some of the region’s most significant infrastructure schemes which have both economic and social benefits.
The organisation’s work means more seats on trains, better links for the Midlands and less congested motorways. Maria Machanoses is a Director at Midlands Connect and she discussed why they decided to give their backing to the ‘Partnership of the Year’ award.
“Midlands Connect is a partnership which thrives on the relationships we’ve built with local authorities, chambers of commerce, local enterprise partnerships, regional airports and national transport agencies. By working together and speaking with one clear, united voice, we are ideally positioned to get a better transport deal for the Midlands.
“With this in mind sponsoring the ‘Partnership of the Year’ category seemed extremely fitting. Collaboration is vital to the success of any organisation and partnerships in particular can achieve great things.”
Sponsoring the awards is not the only way in which Midlands Connect support the regional business community. Maria highlighted other ways in which they help make a difference:
“Midlands Connect’s landmark transport strategy, published in 2017, has economic growth at its heart, focusing on infrastructure improvements that will support the creation of new job opportunities, homes and inward investment.
“Better transport connectivity is inextricably linked to economic prosperity. The recommendations of our strategy could add £5 billion a year to the Midlands’ economy by 2040 and support the Midlands Engine’s ambition of creating 300,000 new jobs.”
Midlands Connect have big plans for 2019 and Maria explained what they have in store for the coming year.
“The next year is vital for Midlands Connect as we look to bring forward a number of our most important projects. In 2019, we will submit a business case to Government for the Midlands Rail Hub, a project which will transform East-West connectivity by creating space for 24 more trains an hour and cutting journey times from Nottingham to Birmingham by twenty minutes.
“We will submit proposals to bring HS2 services to the East Midlands Hub at Toton three years early, in 2030. We will also further our work to secure improvements to critical parts of the region’s road network including the A5, A46, A50/A500 and the Midlands Motorway Hub.
Nominations for this year’s Nottingham Post Business Awards are open, get your nominations in before 15 February by visiting https://nottinghampostbusinessawards.co.uk/
For more information on this year’s awards, get in touch with Francesca Corby at event organisers, Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email firstname.lastname@example.org