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Birmingham’s Mobility Action Plan – Wow what a Game Changer!

I have waited quite a time for this plan but the wait has been worthwhile. It is perhaps the most fundamental change in thinking this city has proposed in the last 30 years – ever since the city centre regeneration work got under way.  So what is so radical about it.  Well for once it […]


Birmingham’s Green Spaces Living plan: An action plan or a coffee table book

Birmingham’s Green Spaces Living Plan is as usual a thorough document with great analysis; it cross refers to a weight of other strategies documents, partnerships and support groups but its shortest section is on Implementation and Funding; a section which to be honest I don’t understand. It has worthy aims and does show a few […]

What is Smart Specialisation when it is at home?

Many LEPs across the country are waking up to this new European term as with the responsibility being given them to spend EU structural funds from 2014-2020 comes a new approach to targetting resources to be spent on innovation. The term Smart Specialisation is an approach to developing Regional Innovation Strategies which whilst not compulsory […]

City Regions and LEPs – the need for much closer Local Authority Working

I have just printed off Albert Bore’s Annual Policy statement (APS) for Birmingham City Council. This summarises achievements of the Council and lays out ambitions for the future year. I must say it is really very interesting and for anyone interested in the overall direction of the Council it is a must read. It could […]

European Funding Allocations announced in England: London a clear winner @globalbirminghm

In a statement today the Government has announced the notional allocations of ERDF and ESF for England’s LEP’s.  The figures can be seen here So for Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP the allocation is €255m which equates to roughly £220m. This with the announcement yesterday for the LEP’s of £2bn annually in the Single Local Growth […]

It is makey makey time at #BirminghamMadeMe. A Hackathon for Non Techies. Honest!

Birmingham Made Me takes a different tack on Wednesday 19th June. Far from the standard works of  a design and innovation conference; this session is a hands on approach to innovation. Have you ever heard of makey makey; neither had I ….well take a look at this video. It is an approach developed at MIT […]

#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 […]

UnrulyVersity in TechCity at Digital Shoreditch #ds2013

What’s good so far about the Digital Shoreditch event. Well one highlight for me was the UnrulyVersity … A partnership between UnrulyMedia City University and Cass Business school to put on a pop up University with master classes by academics and practitioners in the heart of TechCity. City University have always been quite innovative; I […]

Towards Sustainable Transportation: Cooperation and Transport challenges in European Metropolitan Regions

CATCH-MR: An EU Interregional Project Seven metropolitan regions, stretching from the North Sea to the Mediterranean, worked during 2010-2012 to investigate strategic approaches to achieve more sustainable transport. The joint planning office for Berlin and Brandenburg was lead partner, and the final conference was organized by the Province of Rome. The 12 project partners organized their […]

Measuring Innovation in Europe – How the UK and West Midlands fare

Originally posted on Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands:
Recently the EU published two major documents on Innovation within the EU. Firstly the 2013 Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) (download here)  which looks at EU and national performance on Innovation and secondly the 2012 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (download here) which attempts albeit with fewer datasets to look…



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