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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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Is there a job in the Green Economy for you? LWM's latest speaker event

Birmingham Green New Deal and beyond: How the green economy can kick-start Birmingham out of recession and create a sustainable...
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Interest in Birmingham’s Green New Deal

Evo Energy and Professional Polishing Services recently asked for information about this development. These are the sort of businesses which...
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Lessons from the Thatcher/Reagan years – an Alternative inflation report

The new government have inherited the highest inflation rate in the G7. And as they consider any sort of increase...
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Own Goal: Lessons for the West Midlands in the Globalisation of Football Finance

Localise West Midland's latest report: Own Goal: the Globalisation of Football Finance, has officially been launched to the press today!...
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Why do local economies matter?

Anna White of Share the World’s Resources explains, referring to the work of Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Colin Hines. Some...
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