The Economic Geography of the West Midlands

The State of the Region report provides an in-depth look at West Midlands, its past performance, the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit and what the future might hold. The report was developed and supported by the WM REDI partnership to help deepen our knowledge and understanding of the region.   Find out more and download a … Continue reading “The Economic Geography of the West Midlands”

The West Midlands and Outer Space

Dr Chloe Billing explores what recent funding provided by the government to the University of Birmingham and its partners for space hubs will mean for the West Midlands. “Space is a means to various ends and not an end in itself.” Dr Chloe Billing Fifty-one years after the successful lunar landing by the U.S. Apollo … Continue reading “The West Midlands and Outer Space”

Building Resilience in Birmingham: Future Growth and Opportunities

In this blog, Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles discusses the importance of building economic resilience in places, what Birmingham strengths as a City-Region are, and what areas it needs to develop to become more resilient.  This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2020 is … Continue reading “Building Resilience in Birmingham: Future Growth and Opportunities”

International Trade Is the Key to Economic Recovery in the West Midlands

Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. In this edition, WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss some of the key topics when trying to understand the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic. In this article, Matthew Lowe, from the Black Country … Continue reading “International Trade Is the Key to Economic Recovery in the West Midlands”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 30th October 2020

The context this week is one of rising infections across Europe and national and local restrictions and lockdowns. The Job Retention Scheme is ending this week and is replaced by a new scheme that aims to protect viable jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the next six months. Concerns about unemployment and redundancy continue. … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 30th October 2020”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 23rd October 2020

This week we include the dashboard of indictors monitoring the economy. As would be expected, they reflect the current pandemic circumstances. Deaths from coronavirus are on the rise for the first time since May. Youth claimant counts are relatively stable but stand at 44k or 8.9% of 16-24 year olds (21k more than pre-pandemic). All … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 23rd October 2020”

An Urban Transport Recovery Plan for the West Midlands

Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. In this edition, WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss some of the key topics when trying to understand the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic.  In this article, Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla looks at … Continue reading “An Urban Transport Recovery Plan for the West Midlands”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 16th October 2020

This week infections continue to rise globally. Rates are surging in countless countries across the globe, with cases in Europe accelerating notably. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced bars and pubs will be closed in the worst-hit parts of England in order to suppress the spread of the virus. Chris Witty, the Chief Medical … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 16th October 2020”

City-REDI Policy Briefing: Improving Understanding and Measurement of Productivity

In this policy briefing, Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla, Professor Anne Green, Dr Chloe Billing, Professor Simon Collinson and Dr Fengjie Pan report on the findings of their study which collected data from 300 firms across the West Midlands, examining what managers at these companies understood productivity to be, the policy implications of their varied understanding … Continue reading “City-REDI Policy Briefing: Improving Understanding and Measurement of Productivity”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 9th October 2020

This week cases continue to rise in the UK and death rates associated with covid19 are now also on the rise. Significant outbreaks are happening in the North West but as yet the West Midlands is not seeing the same increases. However business sentiment after a stronger summer, as reported regionally by business representative organisations, … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 9th October 2020”