Oldbury and Sandwell are in the heart of the Black Country and have traditionally been dependent upon manufacturing industry.
However, there some major trends towards service sector business.
The area is largely dependent upon the plans to make the city the centre of the Midlands economic “powerhouse”.
This area includes the manufacturing areas of Smethwick, West Bromwich and Tipton as well as the more sophisticated businesses to be found in and around the Jewellery Quarter.
There is now a move to challenge the development of the “northern powerhouse” and the continued growth and magnetism of London and the south-east.
Seven local authorities in the West Midlands are coming together to combine their activities on driving the economy and co-ordinating major investment.
The local authorities of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton are combining their resources for working with business and developing the regional economy.
The details of the scheme should be ratified by parliament by next April.
This will have repercussions for Black Country and Oldbury print companies and could result in new opportunities to service the increased demand for all forms of business or promotional print.
A major boost to the potential for Oldbury print businesses in 2016 is the survival of the Caparo steel works under new ownership.
Having gone into receivership it was feared there would be a loss of 1700 jobs in the area.
That would have had a big impact on the local supply chain.
At the same time Oldbury is becoming a major centre of manufacturing investment.
The Black Country LEP combines Wolverhampton with Dudley and is looking to invest heavily in infrastructure and training.
The three key sectors where they will focus on will be the automotive, aerospace and construction industries.
Oldbury itself is the home to a large number of large businesses or call centres. British Gas and the AA are two of the largest employers in the area.
Interserve and the West Bromwich Building Society also help to provide a significant service sector presence.
There is even the regional headquarters of our primary digital print equipment supplier, Konica Minolta.
It is also home to many local Oldbury print businesses that serve this part of the Black Country and West Midlands.
The West Midlands is home to some of the fastest growing SME’s in Britain (inspire Britain 2015 report to the London Stock Exchange) – these companies have on average doubled their revenue in the last four years.
The Jewellery Quarter is a major part of this success story. It is home to many creative businesses and has a thriving micro-economy.
And a large number are based in this part of the Black Country. There are a number of regeneration projects in West Bromwich and Smethwick.
The most significant of which is the Popes Lane Development where 19,000 square meters is being allocated to new industrial and manufacturing investment.
The Oldbury print customers now automatically qualify for a comprehensive range of print services and discounts from their local online print business – Direct2Print.
* Free Delivery & Collection Service for orders over £50 in the Oldbury print area.
* Free Print Audit and Print Management Proposal for businesses in the Oldbury print area.
* Personal visit from one of our Customer Service Advisors to your premises in the Oldbury print area.
* Discount of 20% off all print orders with net value of over £100 for organisations in the Oldbury print area.
All of our printing for customers in Oldbury and throughout the UK comes with a total quality guarantee.
For more details see our Oldbury printing page or call free on 0800 0345 845 or 01384 376640.