Futura boss named as head of Sandwell Business Ambassadors programme

Automotive specialist Paul Cadman has been named as the chairman of a new Business Ambassadors programme aimed at boosting the fortunes of the Black Country.

Paul Cadman, managing director for design, technical recruitment and prototyping experts Futura Group, will head up Sandwell Business Ambassadors, which brings together leading business figures to drive inward investment.

The group – featuring personalities from the manufacturing, construction and food processing sectors – will focus on building the area’s strengths to help shape the future vision for growing the local economy.

Each ambassador has been chosen as they are synonymous with the region, and will participate in a range of activities with SMEs to share their expertise, guidance and knowledge through a series of master classes.

Paul Cadman, Futura Group
More than £3m of new orders have been secured last year and this has already led to the creation of 50 new jobs in the UK.

Cadman explained: “Sandwell is growing in confidence and increasingly dynamic and diverse.

“We have many economic strengths, a solid skills base and a council that is very supportive in their thinking…the talent and personalities of this group will drive it forward, unlock its potential and create jobs.”

Futura Group is one of the area’s fastest growing businesses, seeing sales soar past the £25m mark for the first time in its history in 2015.

It recently secured £3m of contracts to supply bespoke design services to Bentley; Jaguar Land Rover; VW Group, and McLaren – creating 50 new jobs in the process.

This has helped it fund major investment across its two studios in Oldbury and Warwickshire, equipping it with three paint booths, a 5-axis large bed CNC machine, and dedicated trim and body departments.

Cadman, who was also recently named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100, concluded: “We are passionate about our Black Country roots and my roles in the Ambassadors programme and at the local Chamber will ensure the region is well represented when it comes to attracting inward investment.”

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