City REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) to produce economic review of the region

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City REDI and GBCC are working together to produce the second annual Birmingham Economic Review. It promises to build on the first review which provided a unique insight into Birmingham’s economic geography, skills, key sectors and opportunities and challenges facing the region.

Professor Simon Collinson, director of City-REDI, said: “This report, and our broader partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, is focused on delivering relevant research for businesses in the region.

“There is a strong shared interest in our firms, our public-sector organisations, and our Universities in both accelerating economic growth in the region and making it more inclusive so that it benefits all. A smart city-region needs intelligent, joined-up decision-making across all of these sectors, underpinned by robust evidence. Better insights into our competitive advantages, constraints, and opportunities as part of a realistic regional industrial strategy will reduce uncertainty and drive this change. We are delighted to be working with the Chamber to achieve this ambition.”

The GBCC aims to connect, support and grow local businesses. Accredited by the British Chambers, the GBCC has acted as the voice of local businesses since 1813.

Paul Faulkner, the GBCC chief executive, thinks the 2017 review will be “even more valuable” to businesses and stakeholders in the region. “This report, powered by the world-class research of the City-REDI team, will provide a valuable resource to decision makers in business and political and policy spheres alike. We look forward to working with City-REDI on building on last year’s successful report and launch and delivering an even more valuable resource for the region.”

A launch event will be held for the Birmingham Economic Review for 2017, at the University of Birmingham on the 25th October 2017, 08:00 – 10:00.

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