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”

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How Consumer Behaviour Is Driving Innovation in the UK Food Sector: Five Lessons from the Food Industry

By Professor Ganna Pogrebna (Professor of Economics, University of Birmingham) Ian Noble (Senior Research, Development and Quality Director, Mondelez International) Rimi Obra-Ratwatte (Principal Scientist, Global Nutrition, Mondelez International) The year 2017 marks a new chapter in the development of the UK Industrial Strategy, which will address a number of local challenges such as Brexit and growing political … Continue reading “How Consumer Behaviour Is Driving Innovation in the UK Food Sector: Five Lessons from the Food Industry”

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The Industrial Strategy, responsible business and embedding new energy solutions for Clean Growth

“There is a growing consensus that our use and abuse of energy must change. Resolving runaway climate change predictions and encouraging clean growth for all is the most urgent challenge for our generation.” By Professor Ian Thomson, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business and Marc Stone, Energy Systems Catapult Energy, and its clean and sustainable … Continue reading “The Industrial Strategy, responsible business and embedding new energy solutions for Clean Growth”

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Driving Innovation in the UK Space Sector

“…at the moment the commercialisation of leading research from UK universities is lagging behind the opportunities for its exploitation.” By Chloe Billing, Research Fellow at the City Region Economic and Development Institute (City REDI) and Dr Simon Bennett, Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology’s Business Director, which is based at the University of Birmingham The space … Continue reading “Driving Innovation in the UK Space Sector”

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‘Tis the season to spend on advertising

What is it about Christmas adverts that makes them so newsworthy? By Isabelle Szmigin, Professor of Marketing at Birmingham Business School As we enter the last days of November, the Christmas ads have well and truly hit our screens. Boots, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Tesco, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Aldi and Lidl and not forgetting John Lewis … Continue reading “‘Tis the season to spend on advertising”

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Inspiring Trust in Business – A Responsible Business Perspective

By Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability and Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Trust means different things to different people in different situations. Positive attributes associated with trust within organisations includes integrity, respect, responsibility, selflessness, equity, fairness, accountability, openness, honesty, competence and reliability. Trust confers many advantages to individuals … Continue reading “Inspiring Trust in Business – A Responsible Business Perspective”

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Finance and Technology: Power to the Peer

By Wei Wu, PhD Management, Birmingham Business School In recent years, the emergence of Financial Technology, or “FinTech,” services and firms has reshaped financial services. It is continuously developing new processes and routines to provide services such as payment, banking, insurance and asset management through applying information communication technologies. FinTech reflects changes in the ways … Continue reading “Finance and Technology: Power to the Peer”

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How businesses can help curb obesity this Sugar Awareness Week

This sugar awareness week, while we should think twice about putting sugar in our tea and coffee or having that second soft drink in a day, we must also put pressure on suppliers and manufacturers to act responsibly and present us with products that help us reduce our calories and of course tooth decay. By … Continue reading “How businesses can help curb obesity this Sugar Awareness Week”

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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”

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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”

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