Should QE now be used for the common good – extending and adapting the work of Birmingham Energy Savers?

Posted Posted in Bank of England, Banks, City council, Devolution, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Green New Deal, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Renewable energy, Transition, Transport

. Quantitative Easing currently benefits the non-bank financial sector, commercial banks and the Treasury Under QE, Hansard evidence informs us, the Bank of England’s Asset Purchase Facility purchase of just under £375bn of government bonds from the non-bank financial sector has led to a lowering of long term interest rates. The non-bank financial sector and commercial banks now hold more […]

If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Government, Green New Deal, Local government, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Transition

  Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands, sends news of a report advancing a much-needed debate about how to move the UK out of the counterproductive politics of austerity and into the age of the Green New Deal. He sees this as a matter of the utmost urgency and thinks that if it isn’t introduced rapidly, we are likely […]

Will the end of traditional growth paths lead to ‘cosmopolitan localism’ ?

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Transition, Transport

Steve Schofield, whose work in Bradford was covered on this blog some time ago, focusses on the real security challenge of the 21st century caused by resource depletion and climate change. The evolution of the international system was driven by the ambitions of the larger industrial states, defined by elite, corporate groups that control central government policy and requiring access […]

Community Supported Industry

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Microfinance, Mutuals, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition

Community Supported Agriculture (flourishing in Stroud) started in the USA in 1986 at Indian Line Farm in South Egremont, Massaschusetts, just a couple of miles down Jug End Road from the Library and offices of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, a partner of the British New Economics Foundation. Their projects have included the BerkShares Local Currency Program and […]

Enterprise in Balsall Heath: creating opportunities at local level

Posted Posted in Clothing, Devolution, Education, Employment, Events, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Social Enterprise, Textiles, Transition

. Anna Watson’s Localise West Midlands blog about The Green Economy and Local Job Creation, reported that – as the oil supply peaks – the innovation, manufacture, marketing and repairing of products will become more economic at a local level. Small scale, sustainable employment opportunities will be created, encouraging local resourcefulness and a thriving local economy.   A set of Grade II […]

LWM and others in the region want to know more about locally based SMEs

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Economics, Economy, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Procurement, Trade

  Localise West Midlands argues that small and medium locally based businesses, including those who may be part of a larger national franchise, have a greater ‘local multiplier effect’ on local communities, increasing the community’s prosperity directly, as well as creating comparatively high numbers of jobs. LWM finds that SMEs: are more likely to feel a sense of allegiance to […]

A New Year resolution for businesses and consumers: ‘diverting spend’

Posted Posted in Economy, Food, Import substitution, Manufacturing, Procurement, Trade

Ross Crawford reports the advice of John Kelly of Begbies Traynor in Birmingham, which sees the casualties of recession in its work as specialists in business recovery and corporate and personal insolvency. This is that businesses and consumers should make a New Year resolution to  back Britain and buy British-made products and goods whenever possible in 2013, as a way […]

Relocalising? Walsall-based `Made in the Midlands` helps to bring work home

Posted Posted in Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Transition

Localise West Midlands members who were involved with any of our local procurement activity over the years – from the 2003 conference exploring public procurement in association with Advantage West Midlands to the Birmingham sustainable procurement plan and compact –  will be interested in news of local but private procurement encouraged by Walsall-based Made in the Midlands, which champions manufacturing […]

Turn the economy round: release funding for real projects

Posted Posted in Bank of England, Banks, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Government, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Renewable energy, Transition

. Richard Murphy for Tax Research UK advocates positive action by government . Points made in January are just as relevant today 30% of all government debt is owned by the Bank of England – which is government owned – so debt is not as high as the Tories claim and the need for debt reduction not as pressing as […]

Manufacturing ‘homeward bound’

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Government, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Trade, Transition

In July, Localise West Midlands welcomed a statement from Professor David Bailey (Coventry University Business School) that “repatriating activity – including some sourcing – to the UK is very much on the agenda”. Homeward Bound? Seizing Manufacturing Onshoring Opportunities, is the first of three blogs this week which develops and extends his recent Birmingham Post column on ‘onshoring’ opportunities in […]