Playing the grey: non-compliance and the National Living Wage

By Professor Monder Ram, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) Department of Management, University of Birmingham “I don’t know how we’re going to [cope with the annual upratings of the National Living Wage] … We have to negotiate price increases with the supermarkets every year going forward. If we don’t get … Continue reading “Playing the grey: non-compliance and the National Living Wage”

Poor people are penalised for borrowing to make ends meet – a new alliance gives them another way

By Karen Rowlingson, Professor of Social Policy Department of Social Policy Sociology & Criminology, University of Birmingham Credit can be a vital lifeline to many people and should not be taken away entirely. But nor should lenders be allowed to take advantage of people in desperate situations. Michael Sheen has just launched the End High … Continue reading “Poor people are penalised for borrowing to make ends meet – a new alliance gives them another way”

And the Award Goes to …. The Inclusion Rider

By Kiran Trehan, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development Department of Management, University of Birmingham inclusion is much more than simply increasing racial, national, gender or class representation, [and] recruiting and retaining more people from traditionally under-represented identity groups. So what is the inclusion rider? Frances McDormand’s final words at the Oscars this year “I … Continue reading “And the Award Goes to …. The Inclusion Rider”

Black Panther, More Than Just a Superhero Movie

By Dr Finola Kerrigan, Reader in Marketing and Consumption Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Going forward, as the story of the Black Panther and the people of Wakanda develops it will be interesting to see how the balance between, defending borders and reaching out to help others plays out, as this concern mirrors contemporary … Continue reading “Black Panther, More Than Just a Superhero Movie”

Growing and Aligning Demand and Supply of Skills for Inclusive Growth

For inclusive growth there is a need for policy action on both the demand side and the supply side – the objective is more and better jobs. By Anne Green, Professor of Regional Economic Development at the University of Birmingham A key challenge for the UK and its regions and cities is low productivity vis-à-vis … Continue reading “Growing and Aligning Demand and Supply of Skills for Inclusive Growth”

Inclusive Growth Principles for Cities

‘Inclusive growth’ is increasingly invoked at international, national and city levels as offering prospects for more equitable social outcomes. Yet the concept of inclusive growth is open to a number of different interpretations, writes Anne Green, Professor of Regional Economic Development. This has not stopped interest in developing inclusive growth indicators. In the USA the … Continue reading “Inclusive Growth Principles for Cities”

Providing inclusive business support in disadvantaged areas

Ahead of tomorrow’s 21st Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference, the most important event in the calendar for disseminating policy and research on ethnic minority firms, Professor Monder Ram and project partners write for Birmingham Business School Blog on a recent project aimed at supporting entrepreneurs in disadvantaged areas. For the last six months Mosese Dakunivosa … Continue reading “Providing inclusive business support in disadvantaged areas”

Why inclusivity matters

Dr Holly Birkett and Professor Jo Duberley write for Birmingham Business Blog, in aid of National Inclusion Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of inclusion. Diversity and inclusion at work are increasingly seen as both morally and economically desirable. But what do diversity and inclusion look like? Common definitions … Continue reading “Why inclusivity matters”