West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 11th June 2021

This week’s monitor looks at the delayed GVA statistics for 2019, where the region’s growth was lower than expected. Many indicators and surveys are pointing to an emerging recovery, but it is highly dependent on the opening up of the cities and high streets. Published research is turning to the opening up of cities and … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 11th June 2021”

“The Game’s Gone”: Where is Football Going and Where Should it Go?

Hannes Read takes a look at the potential consequences of the decision of some of England’s top-flight football teams to attempt to break away from the Premiership to join a European Super League. This blog was first posted on the Birmingham Business School Blog. “The Game’s Gone” Those three words can describe pretty much anything … Continue reading ““The Game’s Gone”: Where is Football Going and Where Should it Go?”

Serendipity Doesn’t Have to Be Left to Chance

In the final blog of a series exploring the power of anchor institution networks, Conrad Parke discovers that what sometimes looks like serendipity is really intent. This blog was first published on the CLES website.  You can view the other blogs below:  Anchor Network Supply Chain Hub: A Proposal Anchor Institution Networks: One Idea, Many … Continue reading “Serendipity Doesn’t Have to Be Left to Chance”

Anchor Network Supply Chain Hub: A Proposal

The third blog in a series blog exploring the mechanisms for anchor institution networks to deliver on their aspiration to create and reinforce local economic ties. Read part one and part two.  Conrad Parke details the thinking behind a proposal to create a supply chain hub to service the Birmingham Anchor Network. This idea is covered in … Continue reading “Anchor Network Supply Chain Hub: A Proposal”

Migrant Workers in Construction

Professor Anne Green discusses a recent research study report led by IFF Research with City-REDI and Warwick IER looking at the impact of the new Points-Based Immigration System on the construction industry in the UK. In February 2021 the Construction Industry Training Board published the latest results from a series of annual studies on Migrant … Continue reading “Migrant Workers in Construction”

Anchor Institution Networks: One Idea, Many Options

This is the second in a series of blogs exploring the mechanisms for anchor institution networks to deliver on their aspiration to create and reinforce local economic ties. Conrad Parke, Birmingham Anchor Network Coordinator, explores the process of translating principles into practice and different models employed for establishing a network by two neighbouring places in … Continue reading “Anchor Institution Networks: One Idea, Many Options”

Economic Resilience to Shocks: Implications for Labour Markets

In this blog, Tasos Kitsos introduces the latest output for the WM REDI project Economic resilience to shocks: implications for labour markets. The term economic resilience has become popular during the 2008 crisis and remained at the forefront of research and policymaking since. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic makes resilience more relevant than … Continue reading “Economic Resilience to Shocks: Implications for Labour Markets”

University Incubators as Part of a Wider Regional Innovation System

Dr Juliane Schwarz looks at the differences between incubators and accelerators, how they support fledgling businesses to grow, and the role universities can play in this process. This blog is an introduction to the WM REDI project “University Incubator: Comparative Analysis, Pathways to Impact and Relative Regional Effects“. The project investigates university incubators and, as … Continue reading “University Incubators as Part of a Wider Regional Innovation System”

Economic Justice in Birmingham and the Black Country Shows That Levelling-up Needs to Focus on People Not Areas

In this blog, Peter Kenway, Director for the New Policy Institute discusses their new report looking at the state of economic justice in Birmingham and the Black Country.   NPI’s new report on economic justice, published by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, assembles the statistics to tell a story that people who live in Birmingham and the … Continue reading “Economic Justice in Birmingham and the Black Country Shows That Levelling-up Needs to Focus on People Not Areas”

The Imbalanced Game of Economics in Times of International Turbulence – New Publication

In this blog, Dr Deniz Sevinc and Dr Edgar Mata Flores discuss their new paper looking at economic and financial shocks and the impact they have across regions. If there is one thing that economic history keeps reminding us about, it is that times of severe turmoil are a recurrent feature in the international economic … Continue reading “The Imbalanced Game of Economics in Times of International Turbulence – New Publication”