City-REDI Weekly Update – 5th March 2020

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Blogs

Regional Productivity Differences, Skills and Inclusive Growth: Survey Findings

What do employers in the West Midlands think productivity is? What acts to constrain innovation in their businesses, do they struggle to find employees with the right skills and are their businesses embedded into the local region? Find out in our new survey of 300 businesses in the West Midlands. The survey is the first phase of a project looking into differences in regional productivity, with a particular focus on mismatches between the supply of and demand for specific skills. Additionally, it considers key trade-offs between productivity improvement and inclusive growth goals.

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Birmingham Has yet to Embrace Tolkien – Why?

Tolkien is inarguably a son of Birmingham – so why has the city not claimed him as their own? And more importantly, why hasn’t Birmingham cashed in on its claim to Tolkien ask Ben Brittain in this blog.

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Political Disenchantment and the Urban-Rural Divide: An Investigation of Social and Political Attitudes Across 30 European Countries 

On the 12 February 2020, Davide Luca presented his research work with Mike Kenny – Political Disenchantment and the Urban-Rural Divide: An Investigation of Social and Political Attitudes Across 30 European Countries. You can watch the presentation slides and listen to the audio from the seminar.

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Publications

Professional and Business Services Sector: Creating Further Demand and Growth Outside London

The UK’s poor productivity performance continues to be of much debate in policy and research and is central to the development of the Industrial Strategy. This research focussed on how the Professional and Business Services (PBS) sector can contribute to Local Industrial Strategies and create growth both within the sector and be a driver of growth in other sectors. It takes our understanding of the sector beyond London and looks at what part it can play in redistributing wealth and helping to build strong places outside its traditional centre.

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