Monthly Archives: March 2013

Birmingham’s Strategy Documents: All in One Place- SEE SEPARATE PAGE

It is often hard to really assess the strategic direction of Birmingham as there is no one place where you can get an overview; no one overarching strategy with a hierarchy of strategies. This is a small attempt to piece together the strategic wrap around the City. It concentrates on the economic, environmental and spatial […]

Compilation of some of the key thinkers in Birmingham on twitter #birminghamthinkers

2013 LIST IS NOW CLOSED This is a list of who people, including myself, think are important thinkers in Birmingham – as suggested on twitter. Just to clarify..I think they need to show their thinking via twitter …as well as through other  media of course. To be included on the list they need to have […]

A selection of Images from Birmingham’s Metropolis Exhibition

A wonderful exhibition at Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery. Further details here

BIS: European Funding Post 2014 share out between England and the Devolved Administrations

Behind the scenes there is a lot of work going on on the new EU funding programmes in the UK from 2014. Two recent announcements are just the tip of the iceberg. Firstly they have announced how they intend the resources allocated to the UK to be shared out between Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and […]

Local Economic Growth: What will Work with ‘What Works’

The government (BIS/CLG) together with the ESRC has launched this call for teams to bid for a new research ‘What Works’ centre The idea is plainly to learn what mechanisms are better than others in driving forward economic growth at a local level. It details the characteristics the centre will have. It will be independent of […]

‘The Time Has Come for Action’

Lord Heseltine has just launched The Greater Birmingham Project: The Path to Local Growth. This is a quick review of the document. Lord Heseltine and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP are really seizing the day. The launch today is intended to feed into George Osborne’s budget setting agenda for later in the week; not that […]

How to… connect sectors to kickstart innovation | CLES

How to… connect sectors to kickstart innovation | CLES.

A Review of Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone Investment Plan

As Michael Heseltine was in Birmingham recently launching the Enterprise Zone Prospectus with George Osborne it is useful to review the delivery plan of the EZ; the Enterprise Zone Investment Plan produced jointly by Birmingham City Council and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) which will drive much of the early investment in […]

ERDF and ESF: There is good news hidden in the EU budget for the UK

With the agreement of the EU budget deal by the Council of Ministers last month, and with the likely agreement of the European Parliament (with a few niggles) this opens the way for 7 more years of economic development funding for the UK. It is clear from figures published by EUACTIV that the budget going […]

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