The Exposure of the West Midlands Region to Brexit

There are many unknowns relating to Brexit, regarding (i) the nature of the final trade deal and (ii) the potential responses of firms and consumers to any major shock like Brexit. Nevertheless, “a partial but still very wide-ranging and impact assessment can be undertaken even without such specific knowledge of the final trade deal and … Continue reading “The Exposure of the West Midlands Region to Brexit”

Working Towards Collaboration Between City-REDI and the Enterprise Research Centre

At the start of October researchers from the Enterprise Research Centre joined City-REDI at Winterbourne House at the University of Birmingham to share information on projects we are working on and consider how we might collaborate in the future. We have a number of areas of shared mutual interest and at the heart of both … Continue reading “Working Towards Collaboration Between City-REDI and the Enterprise Research Centre”

Professor Simon Collinson Interviewed this Morning on Radio 4: What does the Future of Regional Economic Development look like for the Midlands Ahead of Today’s Budget?

Professor Simon Collinson was on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning talking about regional economic development in the Midlands in a pre-budget special. In the live interview, recorded in the control tower at East Midland’s Airport, the business editor, Dominic O’Connell focussed on regional growth, likely outcomes of the budget and the future of retail. He … Continue reading “Professor Simon Collinson Interviewed this Morning on Radio 4: What does the Future of Regional Economic Development look like for the Midlands Ahead of Today’s Budget?”

Flexibility Differences between Lean and Agile Production in the West Midlands Automotive Supply Chain

The majority of studies which have investigated lean and agile production have explored each of these production concepts in silos, which is a growing trend in the recent literature. Given that a number of studies assert that flexibility is an essential factor for differentiating lean and agile production there is an important need to explore … Continue reading “Flexibility Differences between Lean and Agile Production in the West Midlands Automotive Supply Chain”