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

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Economy, Green New Deal, Uncategorized

Birmingham Green New Deal and beyond: How the green economy can kick-start Birmingham out of recession and create a sustainable local economy. Localise West Midlands and Birmingham Friends of the Earth would like to invite you to a speaker event discussing the potential of the green economy to boost local job creation. Speakers: Keith Budden, Environmental Partnership, Be Birmingham. Jon […]

Interest in Birmingham’s Green New Deal

Posted Posted in Economy, Green New Deal, Politics, Trade

Evo Energy and Professional Polishing Services recently asked for information about this development. These are the sort of businesses which could – directly or indirectly – benefit as the demand for components grows.  Kirsty Davies, PPS’ managing director responded: “Thanks for this – looks very exciting! Do you mind if I share the information with the Birmingham Civic Society who […]

Why do local economies matter?

Posted Posted in Banks, Co-operatives, Economy, Finance, Food, Trade

Anna White of Share the World’s Resources explains, referring to the work of Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Colin Hines. Some of the points made  [examples modified for UK readership]  Around the world, there is a growing movement to pull back from the relentless march of corporate globalization by re-rooting economic and social activities at the community level.  In many ways, […]

Setting up locally owned and run pubs and shops

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Finance, Food, Trade

Co-operative and Community Finance has pledged to provide up to £2m of new loans to help 50 communities set up and run their local pubs.  A new programme – led by the Plunkett Foundation – will provide grants to communities matched with loans from Co-operative & Community Finance and a contribution from the communities themselves. The programme will also provide […]

Finditinbirmingham.com: re-launching the local economy?

Posted Posted in Economy, Finance, Uncategorized

Three days ago as I entered a rather impressive marquee I was greeted by hundreds of councillors, businessmen and influential individuals, all buzzing about the launch of the cities new procurement website: finditinbirmingham.com. Based upon the massively successful finditinsandwell.com, the website aims to relocalise procurement by showcasing services offered by Birmingham based businesses, encouraging networking and providing ongoing support. In […]

Will the local economy movement and the 'climate movement' converge?

Posted Posted in Economy, Trade

One of many organisations promoting locally based alternatives known to LWM is the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) – a non-profit organisation, Seen today on its events site:  Will the local economy movement replace the ‘climate movement’?   Extract:  As one of the clearest voices to emerge since the inception of the climate movement, 350.org brought hard science to the masses and […]

A refreshing take on the cost of 'efficiency' – public debt as investment

Posted Posted in Economy, Politics

Back in November I wrote on our website about the Trades Unions Council conference I attended for LWM at which, to the frustration of the audience and speakers, the Labour minister and MP present seemed entirely unable to address the relevance of intelligent public spending (debt as investment) to alleviate recession and generate economic prosperity. As we progress towards the election, it is increasingly and depressingly clear […]

Where is Mark Kinzley now? LWM would like to hear from him.

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economy, Education, Trade

Some years ago, Devolve’s Mark Kinzley wrote about the devolution of the economy:   “The globalised economy is the export and import of products across the planet and between regions within the same nation-state. Its values are ‘economies of scale’ and ‘the principle of comparative advantage’: that each region should concentrate on producing those things that it is ‘best at’ and […]