The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 – The Visitor Economy

The Birmingham Economic Review was produced in October 2017 by City-REDI, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the West Midlands Growth Company. The review highlights the current strengths and weakness of the Birmingham economy, as well as looking at the opportunities and threats that might impact upon it in the future. This is a commentary on Chapter 10 of … Continue reading “The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 – The Visitor Economy”

An Industrial Strategy Fit for Regional Growth

The UK is facing a number of critical challenges at the present time with Brexit at the top of most agendas. But most fundamental of these challenges are the result of significant regional differences in productivity, economic growth and social well-being across the country. These uneven patterns of inequality and socio-economic opportunity were a key … Continue reading “An Industrial Strategy Fit for Regional Growth”

Online behaviour in the UK: an individual and contextual analysis

How much do we know about the online behaviour of individuals in the UK? What are the intensity and the types of online activities that people in the UK undertake including online shopping and what are the underpinning mechanisms which shape this behaviour? And, importantly, does geography play a role in how people utilise the … Continue reading “Online behaviour in the UK: an individual and contextual analysis”

The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 – Innovation

The Birmingham Economic Review was produced in October 2017 by City-REDI, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the West Midlands Growth Company. The review highlights the current strengths and weakness of the Birmingham economy, as well as looking at the opportunities and threats that might impact upon it in the future. This is a commentary on Chapter 9 of … Continue reading “The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 – Innovation”

Twelve Economic Impacts of Christmas 2017

There are many types of Christmas. For some it is a special religious moment, for others, it is a time for families and friends and for many a time for consumption.  For many others, it is a critical time in their business activities – a time in which sales linked to Christmas determine profitability and … Continue reading “Twelve Economic Impacts of Christmas 2017”

The Birmingham Economic Review 2017: Enterprise

The Birmingham Economic Review was produced in October 2017 by City-REDI, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the West Midlands Growth Company. The review highlights the current strengths and weakness of the Birmingham economy, as well as looking at the opportunities and threats that might impact upon it in the future. This is a commentary on Chapter 8 of … Continue reading “The Birmingham Economic Review 2017: Enterprise”

Christmas Tree Economies or Fashions and Local Economic Development

Christmas trees are a relatively recent introduction to the British Christmas tradition.  Their introduction to Christmas celebrations can be traced back to Southern Germany in the seventeenth century. There is even a legend that the first Christmas tree was erected by Martin Luther. The British tradition can be traced back to Queen Charlotte, the wife … Continue reading “Christmas Tree Economies or Fashions and Local Economic Development”

City-REDI publications series: Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles – The continental divide? Economic exposure to Brexit in regions and countries on both sides of the Channel

As part of a new blog series, we will be highlighting the excellent research produced by the City-REDI team since 2015, with the aim of creating an online searchable library. You can view this work by searching the blog with the relevant tag, either using the name of the author or the year of the publication. The … Continue reading “City-REDI publications series: Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles – The continental divide? Economic exposure to Brexit in regions and countries on both sides of the Channel”

USE-IT! Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together

Since the announcement of our successful bid for EU Innovative Actions Funding in collaboration with CURS and led by Birmingham City Council, the USE-IT! project (Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together) has published its first Expert Journal. The aim of USE-IT! is to develop a systematic approach to engaging poor and migrant communities in urban … Continue reading “USE-IT! Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together”

An Assessment of Brexit Risks for 54 Industries: Most Services Industries are also Exposed

The UK government this week admitted that it did not undertake sectoral impact assessments regarding the potential impacts of Brexit on individual sectors. Two of the main reasons for not undertaking such analyses is the fact that we do not yet know the outcome of the UK-EU negotiations on their future relationship as well as … Continue reading “An Assessment of Brexit Risks for 54 Industries: Most Services Industries are also Exposed”