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Localise West Midlands’ 2010 AGM and gathering

Localise West Midlands’ 2010 gathering will take place on 29th September at The Midlands Co-operative Society rooms - about five minutes walk...
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The Centre for Local Economic Strategies

    The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) was founded in 1986 and has charitable status. It is the...
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Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA)

In 2008, Localise West Midlands completed a report to the head of Sustainable Farming and Food, Government Office for the...
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Why are unpopular decisions so often made about the use of land for the building and siting of supermarkets, incinerators and phone masts?

Decisions about the use of land for the building and siting of supermarkets, incinerators and phone masts are often made...
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An inspiring localisation process?

Today an email message from the American New Economics Institute described a Vermont project. An abridged account:  In 1983 Will Raap founded...
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The voice of reason – Barbara Willis Brown

In the Stirrer today, Barbara Willis Brown, founder and director of the Sparkbrook Caribbean and African Women's Development Initiative and...
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Alternative inflation report – or what Mervyn King does not mention

Rather than inflation in the UK being the result of a series of one-off occurances as Mervyn King insists, perhaps...
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Trade up!

In the FT, Julian Hardwick, consumer analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland in London, describes the current trend:  “In more...
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Invest your ’spark energy’ into something that will outlast the crumbling status quo

Farmer Julian Rose writes that our system of governance has outlived its usefulness and is no longer able to meet...
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A Bull Ring stall, Community Supported Agriculture and a Co-op market

Carol Byrne sells local and organic vegetables that are moderately priced and bought by general customers at her L.O.V.E stall...
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Federation of Small Businesses urges food producers to find local buyers

Richard Haddock, rural spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses [FSB], has urged farmers to switch to local buyers wherever...
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Council invites local producers to exhibit and sell

A number of Localise West Midlands’ contacts and small businesses have been advocating the reopening of the former Woolworth’s building in Shirley...
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What has PricewaterhouseCoopers in common with Localise West Midlands this month?

A Birmingham Press article reports that PricewaterhouseCoopers [financial services] now commends a trend towards regional procurement  - ‘value-sourcing’ - using...
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Local production and local procurement: the key to food security in India and Britain

A New Delhi contact, Devinder Sharma, an agricultural scientist who moved to journalism and then to research related to food...
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The first Stirchley Community Market

Stirchley Community Market will be launched by Loaf, Stirchley Happenings, South Birmingham Food Co-op and Birmingham Town Centre Partnerships on...
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A trend set in – Alternative inflation report for June

It looks like a trend has now firmly set in for us to be the inflationary economy which besides undermining...
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The Green Economy and Local Job Creation

On July 12th our latest speaker meeting sparked a lively discussion on green jobs in the West Midlands- Where will...
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Localism and localisation – a potentially symbiotic relationship?

The June Co-operative Congress, organised by the Co-operative College and Co-operatives UK, backed the concept of co-operative localism. Wooldale Co-op...
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Alternative inflation report – Living standards in the West Midlands

None of our current inflation indices register the unique house price inflation the UK has had. Had they done so...
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Manufacturing

A correspondent in the Stirrer asks if the coalition government cares about manufacturing:  “. . . it must be obvious...
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