It is vital to Birmingham’s independent food supply chains that Birmingham wholesale markets remain at their central site, neighbouring the retail markets, and being central for their diversity of customers and employees.
Despite a much-publicised Council recommendation to stop investigating solutions for the markets remaining on their current site, there is still a hope . . . → Read More: Birmingham’s wholesale markets – a partnership of inclusive local enterprise
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.
In summer 2012, Lincolnshire Co-operative, an outstandingly well-run society, . . . → Read More: Lincolnshire Co-operative’s local multiplier is evaluated
Singapore-based Chandran Nair, think-tank founder, businessman, environmental consultant and poet, continues – in the Financial Times – to urge policy makers in Asia to turn away from the dominant Western ideology, “that got the world into its current predicament”.
He eloquently expresses his belief that if Asian economies develop on the same ‘resource-guzzling terms’ . . . → Read More: Chandran Nair’s message for Asian economies – and ours?
- Guest blog from Sarah Longlands
What are the prospects for places that are considered peripheral? The solutions for places faced with a difficult growth environment? This is a focus for my PhD, and this week Localise West Midlands reported on the results to date of their new research, funded by Barrow Cadbury which . . . → Read More: The pursuit of growth through community economic development
Whilst our speaker evening last Thursday was partly about celebrating the achievements of Localise West Midlands over our ten years’ existence, there’s too much to do on sustainable economics to be purely introspective. So our guest speaker was Tim Jenkins, director of the new economics foundation‘s Great Transition campaign, with its emphasis on movement-building for major economic change.
. . . → Read More: Progressing a better economy – event report 18th October 2012
Some very quick thoughts picking up on earlier tweets on today’s Social Inclusion Process Be Birmingham summit: quick because it’s officially my day off and I want to go and tend the rain-battered swamp that passes for our garden in this particular ‘summer’.
Having spent the last two summits concerned that the social inclusion . . . → Read More: Buoyed by a positive attitude to a socially inclusive economy in Birmingham
Birmingham Press and Localise WM have now produced a factual briefing on the differences between the Mayoral and Leader/Cabinet systems. This is an attempt to plug the huge information gap around the issue.
Feel free to – in fact please do – distribute it by email and print it out for events or public . . . → Read More: A briefing on Mayor vs Leader/Cabinet systems
We have now held our second meeting with those interested in being Birmingham mayoral candidates in the event of a Yes vote – with Sion Simon. The sense coming out of both meetings is that much of what potential mayors have proposed they would do, the local authority already has the powers to deliver . . . → Read More: Discussing with Sion Simon how a mayor could create a better local economy for Birmingham
Followers on Twitter will know we’ve been trying to source a sound, factual and unbiased briefing [NB since writing this blog, we have produced our own] on likely implications of switching to an elected mayor as local authority leader. This came about because in the media and social media debates and at the two . . . → Read More: Elected mayors: facts please