On the 3 October, Senior Consultant, Evelyn Hichens attended the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP ‘Greater Birmingham: Driving Regional Growth’ event. Speakers at the event included Steve Hollis, Chair of the GBSLEP; Cllr Bob Sleigh, Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority; Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine; as well as Leader and Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllrs John Clancy and Ian Ward.
The event showcased the success of the LEP area and highlighted its future ambitions. The National College for High Speed Rail was viewed as a trophy asset for the region, and is on track to open its doors to students in September 2017, with other large developments in the city including the Smithfield Quarter Development (set to create 10,000 jobs) and the Curzon development (set to create 40,000 jobs), only serving to attract further investment.
Further devolution, the successful implementation of the Local Growth Fund, and partnership working were identified as three key activities to implement in order for economic growth to continue.
A key ambition for the LEP is for Birmingham to become a globally recognised city region by 2030, as outlined in its strategic plan. Cllr Ian Ward talked through Birmingham’s bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, and emphasised the positive economic benefits it would bring to the region. He urged attendees and businesses to ‘Big up Birmingham’ and get behind the city bid.
During the event there was a surprise appearance from the Prime Minister, Theresa May who further emphasised the success and potential of the city and the region:
The Prime Minster spoke of the need to back innovation, to have a proper industrial strategy, and to not only support the traditional sectors, but also new and advancing sectors.
Carney Green is proud to be a UK-wide consultancy firm with a thriving Birmingham presence and a strong commitment to supporting the region to achieve its economic ambitions. Carney Green has experience of working with LEPs, supporting their growth through evaluation and forward strategy development. If you would like to learn more about the services we can offer please contact: Mike Lane, Partner, email@example.com