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Council leader's new role to help business.

Byline: Jenny Waddington Business editor

(Left) Chairman of the | Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Jonathan Browning THE new boss of Coventry and Warwickshire Clearing House claims it's 'an exciting' time for the region.

Craig Humphrey was last week conrmed as the st managing director of the new growth hub for business.

e former leader of Rugby Borough Council will have overall responsibility for the leadership, management and nancial sustainability, which is funded by the Regional Growth Fund, of the Clearing House.

e hub was launched as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership's City Deal bid to government.

Mr Humphrey, who became leader of the council in 2002, will also be stepping down as councillor for the Bilton ward.

He said: "I have been a businessman for over 20 years and I know the importance of innovation and creativity which the Clearing House is designed to foster particularly among the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

"is is an exciting time in Coventry and Warwickshire as we build on our reputation for encouraging diversity and highly skilled jobs in various elds.

"I have close links with the area's busines community and I am looking forward to developing the work of the Clearing House which provides a single point of contact to give businesses all the support they need to grow. We want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to access the right kind of services to encourage growth, create jobs and boost the local economy and the Clearing House has all the elements it needs to make this a reality."

e appointment has been welcomed by business leaders across the region.

Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "is is a key role and we are delighted Craig will be leading the team of account managers and specialists at the Clearing House who are already assisting businesses across the area.

"e Clearing House is designed to give a helping hand to ambitious companies who want to expand and would benet from the wide range of specialist advice and practical support that we can provide.

"ere is no doubt Coventry and Warwickshire has a blossoming reputation in advanced manufacturing and engineering but that doesn't rule out businesses in other sectors from receiving support and Craig will be leading the way in ensuring businesses in the area have the right conditions to prosper."

" Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: e Clearing House is going to make a huge impact on the region in helping to drive forward the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

"is sector has been rightly recognised as a key driver for growth across the subregion and is, and will continue to be, crucial for our economy.

"Craig Humphrey is a wellknown gure across the region and he has our full backing in leading the Clearing House and we will support his every eort to help our advanced manufacturers across Coventry and Warwickshire grow."

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Date:Aug 18, 2014
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