Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy?

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Join LWM’s board We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people. We’d love some of that resonance to draw people to get involved in governing our future – the small but crucial ‘lynchpin’ organisation in the region’s progressive economics! After the summer we will be embarking on a fourth phase of our Localising […]

Doncaster leads on local sourcing

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As local sourcing where appropriate is central to relocalising and strengthening regional economies, many will welcome news of a pledge made by Doncaster’s Mayor Ros Jones to ‘buy local’. Business Desk reports that when Ros Jones became Mayor in 2013, the council spent more money with firms located outside of borough, but now the vast majority of work goes to […]

The Exeter Pound

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The Exeter Pound is one of the many local currencies on the “transition currency” model, like Bristol Pound and our own proposed Birmingham Pound. It is a local currency run by the people of Exeter (voluntary directors) for the people of Exeter. It was launched in 2015 with speakers including the region’s MEP, Molly Scott Cato and MP Ben Bradshaw. […]

Smile, you’re on TV! A West Midlands Combined Authority meeting is filmed

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As Localise West Midlands, we are playing an important role in pressing for and enabling a civil society voice about the West Midlands Combined Authority, bringing together people and organisations that have knowledge and experience around economic issues, transport, housing and health.  We have blogged before about the West Midlands Civil Society Forum. West Midlands Combined Authority Board meetings are […]

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan on 26th Nov!

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Veteran trade unionists and younger activists see Nobel prize-nominated plan as inspiration for the future Leading figures from the left, trade union, environmental and peace movements are coming together at a conference on November 26th with a fresh perspective on tackling current crises, using the ideas of socially useful production pioneered in the Lucas Plan. The Plan, produced by workers […]

Land – they’re not making it any more – how to use it effectively in the West Mids

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Have you got a minute to contribute your thoughts to the West Midlands Combined Authority Land Commission call for evidence? Deadline is 14th Oct. It will consider “what measures could be initiated and undertaken to ensure an improved supply of developable land which supports the growth ambitions of business, the housing needs of residents, and the future diversification of the […]

Bringing community wealth to Birmingham

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We’re really pleased to report that Birmingham City Council will be working with the excellent Centre for Local Economic Strategies, with funding from Barrow Cadbury Trust and support from us at Localise West Midlands, to look at how ‘anchor’ institutions can use their spending power to increase economic opportunities for all Birmingham’s communities, businesses and citizens. As the Leader’s bulletin explains […]