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”

Research into encountering difference in the workplace

While much attention has been paid to negative experiences of minorities in the workplace, it also has the potential to be an important site of prejudice reduction. Research into this by City REDI’s Catherine Harris and Gill Valentine demonstrates that workplaces can promote meaningful encounters. The growth (and competitiveness) of the global labour market has meant … Continue reading “Research into encountering difference in the workplace”

Forecasting Brexit: What are the experts saying and what can we learn from it?

Rebecca Riley is Administrative Director of City-REDI and has managed over 200 projects across all local government policy areas with a focus, amongst other things, on forecasting. In this post Rebecca outlines what the professional forecasters are making of the impacts of Brexit, and how the experience of the EU referendum can inform the process … Continue reading “Forecasting Brexit: What are the experts saying and what can we learn from it?”

Meet Max Nathan – Senior Birmingham Fellow at City REDI

Hello, I’m Max Nathan. I’m a City-REDI affiliate, and aSenior Birmingham Fellow in Regional Economic Development, based in the Business School. I’m also a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. I’m an economic geographer who uses a lot of economics. Some of my projects involve crunching numbers; other are based on … Continue reading “Meet Max Nathan – Senior Birmingham Fellow at City REDI”

Manufacturing in Greater Birmingham – is it pulling its weight?

Our first guest blog from Patrick Willcocks, policy commentator focused on cities and their economic and environmental policy issues (UrbanPivot); a teaching fellow at the UoB Business school focusing on Europe and regional development and a private consultant working on EU funding and policy. A couple of things triggered this blog post – my inaugural … Continue reading “Manufacturing in Greater Birmingham – is it pulling its weight?”

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”

The Next Steps for the Combined Authority and the Midlands Engine

On 1 June 2016  the West Midlands  Combined Authority comes into effect. With that in mind,Insider hosted an event at Birmingham Business School to explore the next steps for the Combined Authority and the Midlands Engine. The first panel featured Katie Trout, Chief Executive of the GBSLEP; Anne Lucas, Coventry City Council; Henrietta Brealey, Director of … Continue reading “The Next Steps for the Combined Authority and the Midlands Engine”

New City REDI member Richard Kenny on devolution and the economy

Devolution can only work when the economy fully works– so making it work and provide for all is going to remain the central question facing cities and regions – time to get City REDI, argues Richard Kenny. Richard Kenny is Head of Strategic Development at Birmingham City Council and has just joined the City REDI … Continue reading “New City REDI member Richard Kenny on devolution and the economy”

From the Northern Powerhouse to the Midlands Engine: New role, new opportunities @CityREDI

Meet Rebecca Riley, Administrative Director of City-REDI, and learn more about her role and ambitions for the newest research centre at Birmingham Business School. I have lived and worked in cities all my life, born and bred in Manchester (or Bolton if I am being specific), studied in Liverpool, and worked in Glasgow and London; … Continue reading “From the Northern Powerhouse to the Midlands Engine: New role, new opportunities @CityREDI”