The Co-operative Enterprise Hub was launched today (October 1st) and it is hoped the forum will support businesses and boost the region's member-owned enterprises.
Angela Davies, the Co-operative Group's Co-operative development manager, says the number of these firms has grown in recent months.
"Communities are setting-up, running and growing member-owned enterprises, embracing the spirit of co-operation and having a say in the running of businesses and services that impact on their lives," she continues.
And Tamy Matanky, of Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency, adds the local economy should benefit from the new hub.
Proposals were recently revealed for Birmingham's Big City Plan, which hopes to create more than 1.5 million sq metres of floorspace for cultural, retail, leisure and office purposes.
Posted by Suzannah Taylor