Greater…. – a role model for Birmingham ?

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Local economies, Manufacturing, Politics, Regional economies, Textiles

Cities offering themselves as sites for foreign manufacturing companies to make and sell into  their national market can be found all over the world today. A hundred years ago only one city was systematically doing this in Europe. But far from being a road to prosperity, that city was not one of the few that can claim to have avoided […]

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 […]

Four steps to self-reliance

Posted Posted in Clothing, Economy, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Textiles

The author of ‘The Growth Illusion’, Richard Douthwaite, lists four basic steps to self-reliance – the fourth being the production of the area’s basic food and clothing requirements without the use of inputs from outside:  “. . . every community should use part of its agricultural resource to produce fibres to turn into garments.”  Louisa Radice urged the fashion industry […]