Monthly Archives: March 2014

European Funding in the West Midlands 2014-20

I thought it was worth sharing my presentation to the West Midlands Economic Forum’s event on ‘Financial Flows’. My presentation was on European Funding in the West Midlands. After all the doom and gloom it turns out when you add the figures up the initial allocations to the region are 18% higher that in the […]

Greater Birmingham: The Name is not the main Game

In the wake of Evan Davies’s series ‘Mind the Gap‘ on London and its pre-eminence in the UK there has been much debate in Birmingham about the city particularly when yet again a poll carried out for the TV programme found that Manchester was viewed by many in the UK as the second city. There […]

Smart Specialisation in England; is this really LEPland?

As many of you may be aware ‘England’ is drawing up a smart specialisation strategy (S3) to fulfill the ex ante conditionality required for an England ERDF Operational programme. i.e. it is developing a national strategy to focus innovation investment under the ERDF programme as it has to under ERDF regulations. This is a tall […]

Creating successful Smart Cities in 2014 will be an economic, financial and political challenge, not an engineering accomplishment

Originally posted on The Urban Technologist:
Why insurers, pension funds and politics will be more important to Smart Cities in 2014 than “Living Labs” or technology. (The 2nd Futurama exhibition at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 50 years’ time, how will we perceive today’s visions of Smart Cities? Photo by James Vaughan) I…

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