West Midlands Mayor Visits Thriving Solihull Tech Business
With the Birmingham tech scene gaining more momentum than ever before, Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, has spent time at thriving Solihull tech business, Wise.
Joining the business at its HQ on Tuesday 16th May, the mayor was given a tour of the software company by Chief Commercial Officer, Dan Richards, and Chief Technology Officer, James Orton.
The visit to the firm, based in the heart of Solihull, was an opportunity for the Mayor – alongside the newly appointed West Midlands Tech Commissioner Martin Ward – to hear about Wise’s journey so far and its role within the wider West Midlands tech community.
Founded in December 2019, Wise has undergone rapid growth to become one of the UK’s fastest-growing software businesses. The award-winning firm now employs over 90 people and was recently named on Silicon Valley Comes to the UK’s 2023 Scale-Up Club.
The meeting was also attended by Chris Meah, Chief Executive Officer at School of Code, a free digital skills bootcamp that equips people across the nation with essential coding skills, transforming their career prospects before pairing them with a wide range of employer partners.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Wise are an incredibly impressive business flying the flag high for West Midlands tech from the heart of Solihull.
“It was fantastic to meet the team, and I look forward to working with them as they continue to grow – and we continue to expand and evolve our tech industry in the region.”
James Orton, Chief Technology Officer at Wise, said: “We were delighted to welcome Andy and Martin to Wise HQ today, giving them an overview of what we do as well as introducing him to our amazing team.
“We’re always looking at how we can support the wider technology scene within the West Midlands and it was great to hear about how this is being supported regionally.”
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