I'm all for innovation and I wish the new project well, but....
Why choose to launch in the middle of a general election? Delaying the official opening a couple of weeks wouldn't have hurt. Why not invite members of the national press and show them that we mean business?
The excuse was that a high-profile event would send out the wrong message. Nope, it would send out exactly the right message - that Birmingham is a force to be reckoned with and while losing Rover is a blow, we're positive about our future. There couldn't be a better time to push the cause of Birmingham and show people what our city has to offer for investors.
So, comments like this from the Birmingham Post:
'Guests left the reception saying they did not fully understand the role of the Birmingham London office and how the facility can be used by the business community. One person, a familiar face in Birmingham business circles, likened it to an expensive lock-up garage.'make you wonder how businessmen like Mike Whitby, Tory Leader of the Council, and John Hemming,