BOROUGH bosses believe Dudley will become the ideal place for business to prosper in the coming years.

To highlight the investment opportunities available borough council chiefs will be staging a Black Country Business Festival event.

The event is set to take place on May 21 at Dudley College, which is situated on The Broadway from 8am until 9.30am.

Visitors will be able to take in trade shows, seminars, networking events and workshops.

Organisers will attempt to shine a light on the multi-million pound investment prospects the borough currently has to offer.

The festival is specifically aimed at business leaders, developers, investors, occupiers and intermediaries.

It will profile key projects including the Midland Metro extension in addition to development opportunities including DY5 and the support which is on offer to Dudley businesses plus the chance to upskill the borough's workforce.

Alan Lunt, deputy chief executive and director of place at Dudley Council, said: "We are forging a future for Dudley borough and creating a place where businesses thrive and people want to work, live and visit.

"We know there's never been a better time to invest here - with more than £1billion already planned or committed.

"I'd urge anyone with a vested interest to come along to our event and see for themselves why Dudley is the business location of choice and how as an authority we can support them at such a crucial time."