Trick or treat? What will probably be in the 2018 Budget – and what ought to be

Find out what was accurate about this forecast – and what wasn’t – by tuning into Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday morning. City-REDI’s Professor Simon Collinson will be one of the guests, discussing the budget and what it means for the country in what promises to be a tumultuous year ahead. There’s been plenty … Continue reading “Trick or treat? What will probably be in the 2018 Budget – and what ought to be”

City-REDI Fringe Event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham: Overcoming the Challenges of Brexit at Local Level

With the Conservative Party Conference once again taking place in Birmingham, City-REDI held a fringe event on ‘overcoming the challenges of Brexit at local level’ on the 2nd of October. The discussions were around what the impact of leaving the EU will be on public policy, city regions, housing and jobs. On the panel we … Continue reading “City-REDI Fringe Event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham: Overcoming the Challenges of Brexit at Local Level”

City-REDI at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool: Understanding and Mitigating the Risks of Brexit at Local Level

On the 24th of September, City-REDI held a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference on ‘Understanding and mitigating the risks of Brexit at local level’. The conversation ranged from the impact on places that voted Leave, how Brexit will affect the UK’s productivity, and what the future of skills and migration looks like after … Continue reading “City-REDI at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool: Understanding and Mitigating the Risks of Brexit at Local Level”

TheCityUK National Conference 2018

A range of speakers from the public and private sector will be speaking at TheCityUK National Conference 2018 on the 22nd of November at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre. The conference will be focused on the contribution of financial and related professional services across the UK with regards to issues such as skills and talent, … Continue reading “TheCityUK National Conference 2018”

Andy Street’s To-Do List: Challenges for the New WMCA Mayor

In this blog, Professor Simon Collinson, City-REDI, discusses the challenges facing the new WMCA Mayor. By a narrow margin on the second ballot, the people of the West Midlands voted for Andy Street to be the first Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) region. He is one of a new group of ‘metro … Continue reading “Andy Street’s To-Do List: Challenges for the New WMCA Mayor”

DevoConnect/City-REDI mayoral hustings: Innovation and Intervention – Igniting the Midlands Engine

Last night @CityREDI hosted the latest in a series of @DevoConnect mayoral hustings at the University of Birmingham’s Business School, chaired by our very own Director, Professor Simon Collinson. A well-attended, stimulating event with some excellent questions it presents an opportune point to reflect on the mayoral process so far and how candidates are shaping … Continue reading “DevoConnect/City-REDI mayoral hustings: Innovation and Intervention – Igniting the Midlands Engine”

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee – West Midlands Devolution

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee held their event – ‘West Midlands Devolution’ – in Wolverhampton last month in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority to discuss what devolution means for the West Midlands. City-REDI’s Charlotte Hoole was there to join in the debate. Devolution forums are cropping up all around the city, offering … Continue reading “House of Commons Public Accounts Committee – West Midlands Devolution”

Devolution with a small d – Reflections on our Conservative Party fringe event

Our event in Birmingham was a much more subdued affair than the previous one in Liverpool for the Labour party conference. Chaired again by Dr Adam Marshall (Acting Director General at the British Chamber of Commerce) he opened with a show of hands from the audience, asking if they supported the move to mayors and … Continue reading “Devolution with a small d – Reflections on our Conservative Party fringe event”

Devolution – it’s what we make of it: coins and piggy banks

Inside Government held their event – ‘The next steps for devolution: Delivering growth across the Midlands’ – in Birmingham on 19th October 2016. City-REDI’s Professor Simon Collinson was there chairing the event along with Tasos Kitsos who has shared his reflections from the day. A lot of very interesting speakers and a vibrant list of … Continue reading “Devolution – it’s what we make of it: coins and piggy banks”

Resolution Foundation city event – ‘Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area’

City-REDI is pleased to announce the Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area event, organised and delivered by the Resolution Foundation. The event will be held from 08.00am-10.00am on Monday 12 December 2016 at Birmingham Library. This event comes as part of the Resolution Foundation’s major new investigation into living standards in our cities. … Continue reading “Resolution Foundation city event – ‘Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area’”