The Rise in Economic Activity Due to Long-Term Health Issues

Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council discusses how retention of staff is key to the health and wealth of Birmingham and the wider region, it is also good for business.  This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review, published in September 2023.  The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, … Continue reading “The Rise in Economic Activity Due to Long-Term Health Issues”

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The Impact of the Cost of Living Crisis and The Issue of Deprivation in Birmingham

Simone Connolly, CEO, FareShare Midlands discusses the impact of the cost of living crisis in Birmingham, with large increases in the numbers of people turning to them for help.  This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review, published in September 2023.  The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and … Continue reading “The Impact of the Cost of Living Crisis and The Issue of Deprivation in Birmingham”

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Doing the Right Thing – Lending Amongst Uncertainty

James Russell, former Head of Marketing and Impact at BCRS Business Loans discusses how business confidence is low, and how economic circumstances are becoming more difficult. This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review, published in September 2023.  The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham … Continue reading “Doing the Right Thing – Lending Amongst Uncertainty”

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West Midlands Economic Impact Monitor – 28 March 2024

The final monitor before the Easter break brings us the news that input prices continue to slowly fall, which should contribute to decelerating inflation, yet the global economy is still showing slow growth. Most indicators show a moderate improvement, but all indications are that recovery will continue to be very slow. The Office for Budget … Continue reading “West Midlands Economic Impact Monitor – 28 March 2024”

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The Shrinking £, The Invisible Man, The Disappearing Village

Ann Tonks, Director, Chapter Restaurant discusses the impact of the increases in hospitality and how venues are closing. This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review, published in September 2023. The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration … Continue reading “The Shrinking £, The Invisible Man, The Disappearing Village”

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Navigating Recovery: From Shock to Sustainable Action

On 29 February, City REDI hosted its first speaker of the 2024 academic seminar series, Dr Lucy Natarajan from the Bartlett School of Planning. In this blog, Sara Hassan summarises the key points raised by Lucy in her presentation. Lucy presented her latest work which delves into the intricate process of recovery from disasters, stressing … Continue reading “Navigating Recovery: From Shock to Sustainable Action”

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Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Financial, Commercial and Managerial Cases

Alice Pugh explains the importance of having financial, commercial and managerial cases when raising a business case. This blog was first posted by the National Civic Impact Accelerator, based at Sheffield Hallam University. They are part of a series looking at what a business case is and how to develop one at a University. Visit … Continue reading “Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Financial, Commercial and Managerial Cases”

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West Midlands Combined Authority Deeper Devolution Deal

Alice Pugh discusses the West Midland Combined Authority (WMCA) Deeper Devolution Deal and the main issues local institutes face. This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review. The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy … Continue reading “West Midlands Combined Authority Deeper Devolution Deal”

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Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Strategic and Economic Cases

Alice Pugh explains the importance of having both a strategic and an economic case when raising a business case. This blog was first posted by the National Civic Impact Accelerator, based at Sheffield Hallam University. They are part of a series looking at what a business case is and how to develop one at a … Continue reading “Developing a Business Case: Introduction to the Strategic and Economic Cases”

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The Spring Statement: The Impact

Alice Pugh looks at what impacts cuts to National Insurance Contributions, raising the high-income child benefit charge, and public spending will have on households in the UK. Cuts to National insurance Contributions (NICs) The NIC main rate has been cut by 2p in the pound (from 10% to 8%) for an expected 27.6m employees and … Continue reading “The Spring Statement: The Impact”

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