House of Commons Public Accounts Committee – West Midlands Devolution

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee held their event – ‘West Midlands Devolution’ – in Wolverhampton last month in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority to discuss what devolution means for the West Midlands. City-REDI’s Charlotte Hoole was there to join in the debate. Devolution forums are cropping up all around the city, offering … Continue reading “House of Commons Public Accounts Committee – West Midlands Devolution”

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and City REDI Birmingham Economic Review 2016 Launch Event

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, in conjunction with City-REDI, launched their 2016 Economic Review of Birmingham on 1st November. Here City-REDI’s Catherine Harris provides a summary of the event. GBCC Chief Executive Paul Faulkner provided a welcome to the event which focussed on the three parts of the report. 1) The Structure and Geography … Continue reading “Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and City REDI Birmingham Economic Review 2016 Launch Event”

Devolution with a small d – Reflections on our Conservative Party fringe event

Our event in Birmingham was a much more subdued affair than the previous one in Liverpool for the Labour party conference. Chaired again by Dr Adam Marshall (Acting Director General at the British Chamber of Commerce) he opened with a show of hands from the audience, asking if they supported the move to mayors and … Continue reading “Devolution with a small d – Reflections on our Conservative Party fringe event”

Business schools: delivering value to local and regional economies

The Chartered Association of Business Schools launched its national report – ‘Business schools: delivering value to local and regional economies’ – at the House of Lords in September. The report examines the far reaching contributions business schools make to local and regional economies. Here City-REDI shares some key reflections from the event. Lord Karan Bilimoria – … Continue reading “Business schools: delivering value to local and regional economies”

Devolution – it’s what we make of it: coins and piggy banks

Inside Government held their event – ‘The next steps for devolution: Delivering growth across the Midlands’ – in Birmingham on 19th October 2016. City-REDI’s Professor Simon Collinson was there chairing the event along with Tasos Kitsos who has shared his reflections from the day. A lot of very interesting speakers and a vibrant list of … Continue reading “Devolution – it’s what we make of it: coins and piggy banks”

Resolution Foundation city event – ‘Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area’

City-REDI is pleased to announce the Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area event, organised and delivered by the Resolution Foundation. The event will be held from 08.00am-10.00am on Monday 12 December 2016 at Birmingham Library. This event comes as part of the Resolution Foundation’s major new investigation into living standards in our cities. … Continue reading “Resolution Foundation city event – ‘Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area’”

Question time for Labour’s prospective Metro Mayors at City REDI fringe event

City-REDI sponsored a very successful fringe event at #Lab16 this week, challenging prospective Metro Mayors to take questions from the floor on their vision, priorities and planned policies. Sion Simon MEP (West Midlands), Steve Rotherham MP (Liverpool) and Andy Burnham MP (Greater Manchester) spoke to a packed audience at one of the busiest fringe events … Continue reading “Question time for Labour’s prospective Metro Mayors at City REDI fringe event”

Submission of Evidence to BIS Select Committee: Powerhouses and engines: Government policy and regional growth

In March  this year, the Business, Innovation and Skills House of Commons Select Committee launched an Inquiry looking into the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine “Powerhouses and engines: Government policy and regional growth”. The two main powerhouses at the centre of this Inquiry are Government manifesto commitments as set out at the 2015 General Election. … Continue reading “Submission of Evidence to BIS Select Committee: Powerhouses and engines: Government policy and regional growth”

City-REDI Fringe Events

DEVO QUESTION TIME: WHAT WILL LABOUR’S METRO MAYORS DO FOR YOU? At the Labour Party Conference 2016 Monday 26th September, 5.30-7.00pm 4th Floor Events Suite, the Tate Gallery on Albert Dock Refreshments provided Confirmed speakers Rt Hon Andy Burnham, Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate for Greater Manchester Steve Rotheram MP, Labour’s Metro Mayor candidate for Liverpool … Continue reading “City-REDI Fringe Events”

Are you listening Sir Bob – Birmingham wins the RCUK Urban Living Partnership Call – a new big boost towards Birmingham as the collaborative future city

Richard Kenny is Head of Strategic Development at Birmingham City Council and has joined the City REDI team on secondment at the Business School, University of Birmingham. Here he narrates some of the journey so far in responding to this Call and tries to put his finger on Birmingham’s initial success in engaging with RCUK … Continue reading “Are you listening Sir Bob – Birmingham wins the RCUK Urban Living Partnership Call – a new big boost towards Birmingham as the collaborative future city”