Back Issues of the West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor

WMREDI has been tasked with providing an up to date monitor of the current COVID-19 economic impacts, on a weekly basis. These reports will help regional partners to shape responses and interventions to boost the region’s resilience so that it can thrive going forward. Each week the focus of the report is based on research … Continue reading “Back Issues of the West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor”

The Impact of Brexit and COVID–19 on International Trade In Our Region

Mandy Haque looks at how Brexit and Covid-19 have impacted international trade in the West Midlands and the challenges that lay ahead.  This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by City-REDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. … Continue reading “The Impact of Brexit and COVID–19 on International Trade In Our Region”

The Great Resignation, The Great Reset, The Great Reshuffle and The Great Retention

Rebecca Riley discusses the current high levels of resignations, the movement towards flexible working, changing business models and the fight to keep employees. For a number of editions of the West Midlands Economic Impact Monitor, we have been reporting that many sectors are experiencing high levels of vacancies; whilst labour market data shows that unemployment … Continue reading “The Great Resignation, The Great Reset, The Great Reshuffle and The Great Retention”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 27th November 2020

This week the Chancellor announced the Spending Review, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published its latest forecast and the Treasury has launched the new Green Book. The UK economy is expected to shrink by 11.3% this year – the largest fall in output for 300 years. Covid-19 will leave “long-term scarring” and the economy … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 27th November 2020”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 13th November 2020

This week we see cases continuing to rise and the adjustment to Lockdown 2. In terms of wellbeing, nationally, people are feeling the least satisfied with life since March, they are suffering the largest drop in how they feel about the things they do in their lives, anxiety levels are on the rise and happiness … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 13th November 2020”

Regional Economic Exposure of COVID-19 Measures: Shutting Down Hospitality and Recreational Activities

Dr Andre Carrascal looks at the impact the latest lockdown measures will have on sectors that have been forced to closed and how this will affect regions around the UK. People in the UK are again facing a national lockdown and, like at the end of March, some sectors are forced to close in order … Continue reading “Regional Economic Exposure of COVID-19 Measures: Shutting Down Hospitality and Recreational Activities”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 6th November 2020

This week Britain looks on course to enter a double-dip recession this winter, as business surveys show economic growth almost halted last month even before the latest England-wide lockdown was announced, according to financial data company IHS Markit. Business service activity rise is much softer than September, new orders have declined for the first time … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 6th November 2020”

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”