Monthly Archives: June 2013

Local Infrastructure Funding for Birmingham: Positives and Negatives

The announcement recently by Eric Pickles of Local Infrastructure funding loans from the Housing and Communities Agency for three projects in Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone is good news. The three projects that have won resources from the fund are; Masshouse – Funding will partly be spent on creating an attractive public square. Arena Central – Funding will […]

Boris Launches His Vision for London 2020: lessons for Birmingham

Boris Johnson launched his vision for London yesterday (details here) gaining significant press and twitter coverage . In skim reading it it leapt out at me that this sort of summary overview; this distillation of objectives is what is missing certainly in Birmingham and possibly other cities. Now the document might be a little too […]

#BirminghamMadeMe: Today a fascinating session looking at Design and Economic Growth with The CEO of the Design Council

Birmingham Made Me continues. Tomorrow I am attending a session largely focussed on transportation but the line up is very strong today with  John Mathers from the Design Council, Irene Ng from Warwick University and Benjamin Reid from the Work Foundation amongst a range of speakers looking at Design and Innovation and its role in […]

Birmingham Made Me; Opening speech by Albert Bore and Overview of the Launch event @ideabirmingham

Yesterday was the opening of Birmingham Made Me Expo and Design Festival. The two key note speakers were John Cridland Director General from the CBI and Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council. John Cridland focussed on the importance of regenerating local areas. He mentioned Birmingham’s impressive progress and gave enthusiastic support for the Greater […]

Birmingham Made Me Opens

Today the 2nd Birmingham Made Me Expo and Design Festival launches. A really interesting programme and it seems that, going on the website, there may be tickets left for some of the events. Well worth attending, events are free and you get free entry into Thinktank as well. Today we will hear key note speakers […]

‘Cross Innovation’ in Birmingham: how can the creative industries stimulate innovation #xinnovate

The Cross Innovation project is holding a workshop tomorrow in Birmingham to look at how we can use our real strengths in the creative and digital sectors to push start innovation in Birmingham’s wider economy. We have invited a range of policy makers, academics, creative firms and funders to get beneath the skin of the issue. […]

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