Not-so-cool Britannia: Can UK tourism recover from the Brexit hit?

By Dr Ahmed Shaalan – Department of Marketing, Birmingham Business School, Marwa Tourky – Cranfield University and Khaled Ibrahim – Unitec-Institute of Technology, New Zealand The 2016 Brexit referendum triggered a seismic shift in the landscape of UK tourism, a previously thriving industry celebrated for its robust contribution to the national economy. The unprecedented political upheaval … Continue reading “Not-so-cool Britannia: Can UK tourism recover from the Brexit hit?”

Cracks in the Blue Wall: Do Conservative Electoral Losses Signal a Shift in Southern Strongholds?

By Dr Jacob Salder, Department of Management, Birmingham Business School I’m sure the past week has been difficult for Rishi Sunak. Losing almost half the incumbent Councillors standing for re-election will have stung, and the outcome of the mayoral elections more so. The Tees Valley offering a sole scion of hope here, in other cities … Continue reading “Cracks in the Blue Wall: Do Conservative Electoral Losses Signal a Shift in Southern Strongholds?”

Apathy, allegiance, and anger, the mayoral elections against a backdrop of voter turmoil

By Rebecca Riley, Associate Professor Enterprise, Engagement, and Impact, City-REDI For the political wonks, in England, the bank holiday weekend was a nail biting and fascinating affair, especially when it comes to devolution. Combined Authority Mayors were high on the wonk agenda, but sadly still low on the voter agenda, as turnout again remains low. As … Continue reading “Apathy, allegiance, and anger, the mayoral elections against a backdrop of voter turmoil”

The (economic) magic of place-based policy for communities in driving outcomes

By Dr Anita Soni, School of Education and Dr Abigail Taylor, City-REDI Introduced in 1999 in the UK, the Sure Start Local Programme established local ‘one-stop shops’, bringing together services, health, parenting support, early learning and childcare and employment support, to support local families with the aim of enhancing the development and life chances of … Continue reading “The (economic) magic of place-based policy for communities in driving outcomes”

Jennifer Acheampong’s Journey from Ghana to Birmingham Business School

We sat down with Jennifer Acheampong, recipient of the 2023/2024 African MBA Scholarship to hear more about her personal story, her experience of applying for the scholarship, moving to Birmingham to study at the Business School and how she’s found her time at the school so far! Can you share with us your personal journey, … Continue reading “Jennifer Acheampong’s Journey from Ghana to Birmingham Business School”

“Breathing life into Britain’s high streets”: What hope have we got?

By Hannes Read, Policy and Data Analyst at City-REDI The Labour party are firmly on the election hunt. Quickly off the back of the announcement of Labour’s “five missions” for a future election manifesto, have come pledges to renationalise rail, launch a publicly-owned Great British Energy company and a five-point plan to “breathe life” into … Continue reading ““Breathing life into Britain’s high streets”: What hope have we got?”

Time is running out for the High Street – can it be saved?

By Professor Sarah Montano and Dr Inci Toral, Department of Marketing, Birmingham Business School Labour has recently announced a series of proposals to revive the high street. Once again, the call is that we have moments left to save the dying high street. Whilst the proposals range from business rates, property taxation and tackling shoplifting … Continue reading “Time is running out for the High Street – can it be saved?”

Diversity in Practice: Insights from Minority Ethnic Doctors’ Careers

By Professor Etlyn Kenny, Professor Joanne Duberley, Dr Chris Darko, Dr Ashok Patnaik (University of Birmingham) and Professor Dulini Fernando (Aston University) What do the experiences of minority ethnic doctors tell us about workplace inclusion in the diverse field of medicine? A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham and Aston University is investigating … Continue reading “Diversity in Practice: Insights from Minority Ethnic Doctors’ Careers”

The trailblazers greening the music industry and why it matters

By Professor Caroline Moraes Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research Birmingham Business School, Department of Marketing Co-Director, Centre for Responsible Business Billie Eilish is the latest artist to announce that she is taking action on sustainability issues by producing her upcoming album with materials that are environmentally friendly. Her plan is to use recycled or … Continue reading “The trailblazers greening the music industry and why it matters”

Birmingham City Council and Public Service Cutbacks: The Role of Community in Shaping Birmingham’s Future 

By Professor John Bryson Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography, The Department of Strategy and International Business, Birmingham Business School Birmingham City Council (BCC) has found itself in a financial mess. Partly this comes from operational decisions that were made in the past and often by officers rather than elected councillors. One outcome of these … Continue reading “Birmingham City Council and Public Service Cutbacks: The Role of Community in Shaping Birmingham’s Future “