REDI-Updates 3: The Challenge of Implementing, Understanding and Measuring “Levelling Up”

Welcome to REDI-Updates – providing expert data insights and clear policy guidance. In this edition, WMREDI staff look at the government’s flagship policy – Levelling Up. We look at the challenge of implementing, understanding and measuring this Levelling Up. In this blog, Professor Simon Collinson and Ben Brittain outline what’s in the latest edition of … Continue reading “REDI-Updates 3: The Challenge of Implementing, Understanding and Measuring “Levelling Up””

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Meet Maryna Ramcharan, City-REDI’s New Senior Policy and Data Analyst

My name is Maryna Ramcharan and I  joined City REDI in May 2022. I am from Ukraine where I completed my PhD in Economic Sciences and the degree in Enterprise Management. My PhD thesis explored the opportunities for economic growth and vertical integration of agricultural farms and meat processing companies. The study aimed to develop … Continue reading “Meet Maryna Ramcharan, City-REDI’s New Senior Policy and Data Analyst”

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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Bringing a Boost for Businesses in Birmingham and Beyond

David Grady discusses the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and its impact on local business. This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy … Continue reading “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Bringing a Boost for Businesses in Birmingham and Beyond”

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Sustainability: A Green Clean and Just Transition for Birmingham

Barny Evans looks at the challenges that Birmingham faces when adapting to climate change and Covid-19. This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration … Continue reading “Sustainability: A Green Clean and Just Transition for Birmingham”

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The Case for a Just Devolution

Liam O’Farrell discusses the idea of ‘Just Devolution’, whereby devolution is driven not by demands to stimulate growth but to create a more just society. Find out more about the Just City Project. Devolution is currently front and centre in British politics. There have been comparisons of the relative performance of the devolved governments in … Continue reading “The Case for a Just Devolution”

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The Effect of R&D Co-Location on Innovative Activities in Great Britain

On the 27th of April, City-REDI held a webinar featuring Dr John Moffat from Durham University Business School: The Effect of R&D Co-Location on Innovative Activities in Great Britain Using UK Innovation Survey and the data from the various databases of the UK Office for National Statistics from 2004 – 2018, Dr John Moffat and … Continue reading “The Effect of R&D Co-Location on Innovative Activities in Great Britain”

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Major Sporting Events and Local Businesses

Dr Shushu Chen discusses how local businesses can capitalise on major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games. This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth … Continue reading “Major Sporting Events and Local Businesses”

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West Midlands Impact Monitor- 13th May 2022

High inflation rates are combining with slower economic growth. The rising cost of living remains a key concern. These trends are partly fuelled by war in Ukraine, with geopolitical tensions heightening as Sweden and Finland sign new security deals with European allies. Regionally, the West Midlands Business Activity Index has decreased. But the picture is … Continue reading “West Midlands Impact Monitor- 13th May 2022”

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UK Regional Innovation Pilots ‘Should Shun Silicon Valley Myth’

In this article, John Morgan in the Times Higher Education Supplement, discusses the government’s plans to create ‘innovation accelerators’ in Glasgow, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester. City-REDI / WMREDI’s Professor Simon Collison comments on the plans for the West Midlands. Plans to create three UK “innovation accelerators” are seen as giving city regions and … Continue reading “UK Regional Innovation Pilots ‘Should Shun Silicon Valley Myth’”

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