The Structure of the West Midlands Economy: West Midlands in the UK context

This is the first of a series of policy briefings linked to the Socio-Economic Impact Model for the UK  (SEIM-UK) project. In this first policy briefing, we analyse the structure of the West Midlands Economy (WME) in terms of production and value-added; private consumption and disposable income; public infrastructure and gross fixed capital formation. This … Continue reading “The Structure of the West Midlands Economy: West Midlands in the UK context”

The Impact of Mega-Events: How Can the West Midlands Make the Most of the Coventry City of Culture 2021 and the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham?

This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2019 is produced by City-REDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second … Continue reading “The Impact of Mega-Events: How Can the West Midlands Make the Most of the Coventry City of Culture 2021 and the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham?”

Lessons for the West Midlands From Greater Montreal

Recently, I had the privilege of travelling to Montreal, to present a paper with my colleague Rebecca Riley and meet with key policy makers. The trip provided a fascinating comparison with the West Midlands, in particular in terms of the success of industrial clusters, approaches to promoting FDI, the use of innovation zones, and university … Continue reading “Lessons for the West Midlands From Greater Montreal”

West Midlands Economic Monitor: December 2019

December’s edition of the West Midlands Economic Monitor is now available for you to keep up to date with recent developments in the region. The headlines for this month’s monitor are: Headline West Midlands business activity—accounting for services and manufacturing—has fallen to 49.4, returning to contraction In 2018/19 there were 31,740 apprenticeship starts across the … Continue reading “West Midlands Economic Monitor: December 2019”

Making Inclusive Economic Growth Happen

This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2019 is produced by City-REDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second … Continue reading “Making Inclusive Economic Growth Happen”

Towards an Integrated Transport Policy in the West Midlands

This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2019 is produced by City-REDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second … Continue reading “Towards an Integrated Transport Policy in the West Midlands”

What are Industrial Clusters and Economies of Agglomeration?

Welcome to part four in our new series “What is…?” where we explain the language, terms and ideas used in our day-to-day work.  Other blogs from the series include: What is GVA? What is Smart Specialisation? What is Transport Resilience?  Definition and description A business cluster or industrial cluster is an umbrella term that describes … Continue reading “What are Industrial Clusters and Economies of Agglomeration?”

What is the State of Devolution Around the World?

Previous blogs in this devolution series have considered the political and economic benefits of devolving decision-making power, looked at the situation in England, with the new combined authorities and the office of the Mayor of London and the form devolution takes across in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The next blog in the series looks at … Continue reading “What is the State of Devolution Around the World?”

West Midlands Economic Monitor: November 2019

November’s edition of the West Midlands Economic Monitor is now available for you to keep up to date with recent developments in the region. The headlines for this month’s monitor are: Headline West Midlands business activity—accounting for services and manufacturing—has risen to 50.6, the second-highest in the country, behind London. The West Midlands was one … Continue reading “West Midlands Economic Monitor: November 2019”