Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy?
Localise West Midlands works towards an economy in which more people are empowered and prosperous and which uses the earth’s finite resources responsibly.
Our activities put locally owned enterprise at the forefront: we support local supply chains, independent business, community ownership. We do this by bringing people together to explore ideas and take action, and by research and consultancy.
We’re currently part-way through a three year programme of activities funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, and are keen have some new board level input to help refresh and strengthen our thinking.
Currently we are:
- Working with the West Midlands Combined Authority to engage civil society organisations in the region’s Inclusive Growth agenda;
- Partnering in a European project to develop local supply chains around the proposed Midland Metropolitan Hospital, Smethwick, so that more people benefit;
- Supporting a local group in Soho, Birmingham, to create a Community Economic Development Plan;
- Communicating the ‘win-win’ benefits of localising prosperity to progress a more inclusive, interesting, empowering local economy;
- Developing new consultancy and training services, particularly for SMEs, around positive economics.
To help us develop for the future we’re looking for two new active, committed board members with some or all of the following qualities:
- Commitment to the concept and values of LWM
- The capacity to translate this commitment into deliverable, effective strategy
- Experience of tactics and communication for effecting change
- Knowledge of current, relevant opportunities and resources
- Charitable funding or business development expertise
- Recent experience and contacts in West Midlands local authorities, LEPs, small businesses, community activism and media.
We are also aware that the age, ethnicity and gender profile of our board does not reflect the population of the West Midlands, and we are keen to address this in order to benefit from a wider range of perspectives and ensure we do not inadvertently exclude anyone from our group. So we particularly welcome applications from younger people, and people from a variety of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds.
Please read our role description and skills profile and browse our website for more information.
If you are interested:
Please email us outlining how you meet the above criteria and why you are interested in getting involved, attaching your CV. If you seem to have some of the skills we’re looking for we will be in touch to arrange a meeting.
What We Do
Providing advice and support to policy makers at local and regional level.
Conducting research into what makes a sustainable and prosperous localised economy.
Consultancy & Training
Supporting private companies and other organisations to win more business.