Successful entrepreneur, Henry Carver, joins SBGB as leader of business and politics special committee

The news of Mr Carver’s involvement has been covered in the Shropshire Star HERE and the Express and Star HERE.   We are keen to hear from local businesses, and business associations.  Please do Contact Us.

Henry Carver

Business champion and successful entrepreneur, Henry Carver, has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save 410 acres of greenbelt land at Stanmore in Bridgnorth from development.  He joins the Save Bridgnorth Greenbelt Group (SBGB) as leader of the team’s new Economics and Politics Special Committee, to build consensus in the business community and in politics, in opposing Shropshire Council’s plans.

Henry Carver, who has been managing director of Carvers Building Supplies in Wolverhampton for the last 33 years, and employs more than 300 staff on sites in Wolverhampton and Telford, said, “You don’t get far in business without being able to tell the difference between a good deal and a bad deal.  Shropshire Council’s plan for Stanmore is a very bad deal for Bridgnorth.  The local economy is driven by tourism, and specialist engineering, there is simply no need to destroy the countryside for the town to thrive and grow”.

Mr Carver comes with an impressive track-record in business and philanthropy.

He was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Wolverhampton, in appreciation for his service to business and the local community.  He was named Businessman of the Year 2017, in recognition of his ‘exemplary leadership’ in rebuilding the business after a devastating fire tore through Carvers’ Little Lane premises in 2012, and the future of the company hung in the balance.   He was also a Board Member of the Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce and President of the Wolverhampton Business Forum.  He has a long history in regional politics too.

Mr Carver said, “I’m a local lad, Bridgnorth is my home, and I hope my record speaks for itself.  I’m pro-business, pro-innovation and passionate about creating opportunities for growth.  The Council’s arguments, particularly their economic justifications, simply do not hold water.  My role will be to bring businesses together, and to let the council know that they cannot hide behind the claim that business is driving this development, it’s not.  The plans simply won’t deliver on their promises; and will wreck a truly beautiful corner of our county in the process.  I don’t think Bridgnorth deserves to be treated like that”.

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He went on to say, “It’s perfectly possible to find a plan for Bridgnorth that actually creates jobs, supports business, invests in infrastructure and new homes, without ruining what makes it special: its countryside and distinctive market town charm.   Their economic plan is way off beam, and my role will be to focus a few minds at the Council, so that they understand that and see sense”.

Sheila Edwards, Chairwoman of Save Bridgnorth Greenbelt said, “We are delighted to welcome Henry on board, his business acumen, drive and political savvy are invaluable.  Like us, he lives locally to the proposed site but is also very prominent in promoting business growth and innovation in the region, as well as internationally, bringing a unique perspective.  We look forward to working closely with him as our campaign goes up a gear over the summer.”

Mr Carver joins the group just as it launches a summer-long public engagement campaign to get residents involved.  The group will be hosting two public meetings, at Worfield Village Hall, at 7pm on 11th June, and another at the Castle Hall, Bridgnorth at 7pm on 13th June to kick off proceedings.

“I hope people will come along and hear what we’ve got to say” said Mr Carver, “The future of Bridgnorth and its beautiful greenbelt depends upon us all coming together now”.