Tag Archives: Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

HSBC moves its UK headquarters to Birmingham; a well needed boost for the City’s Financial Sector

The news today that HSBC is moving its UK headquarters to the City is a much needed boost. The decision to take a lease on the Arena Central development with the potential of bringing 1000 jobs to the city is important for despite much of the hype about the sector in the city is has […]

Birmingham’s Carbon Road Map – launched – Well done Birmingham City Council

I haven’t got time to do a full review,  but as it is a very important document for the City and it has  come out today I have literally skim read it. (Download it here) It does look very promising. Whilst it is good to look at, ie  up to coffee table standard it is […]

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 […]

Is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP a Cohesive Partnership?

I had the pleasure of attending the AGM of the Greater Birmingham and  Solihull LEP this week at the Villa ground. Despite the poor news unleashed by the Chancellor concerning the relative small size of the Local Growth budget it was generally an upbeat event with a lot of positivity and good news about the […]

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP MP’s Call for Heseltine’s Plan to be Implemented @gbslep

In a letter sent recently a cross party group of MP’s from constituencies in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP call on the Chancellor George Osborne to deliver on the Heseltine Plan. They point to the confident start of the LEP, and its already proven ability to deliver and call for in particular the plans […]

Greater Birmingham’s Strategy for Growth: A step forward

An ambitious plan for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership was launched today. I will review this in the next few days but on a quick look, it is an advance of where we were, but it is tentative on the how, tentative on what is needed to happen and how it will […]

Regeneration Focus to University of Birmingham’s new Institute of Advanced Studies

Following in the tradition of some of the University greats the University of Birmingham last week launched its Institute of Advanced Studies. The concept behind these is that they are cross disciplinary approaches; pulling on expertise from across a University to focus on specific issues. The IAS is going in the first 18 months to […]

Cross Innovation:11 Cities working together

I have just returned from Amsterdam where partners, hosted by Amsterdam Innovation Motor got together to discuss progress on the Cross Innovation Project. A fascinating two days. Cities represented include Berlin,Birmingham, Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon and Warsaw. So what is Cross Innovation. I touched on this in my earlier blog post – so won’t repeat it here […]



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