The East of England Co-operative’s ‘Sourced Locally’ range

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Food, Local economies, Localisation

Anthony Murray, editor of the Co-operative News, reports that rather than adopting the national Co-operative brand, one of the independent co-operative societies, the East of England Co-operative, has developed its own identity, based on its support for local food. It established a ‘Sourced Locally’ range in 2008, stocking locally grown or produced food in 140 stores across Norfolk, Suffolk and […]

Birmingham’s budget dilemmas: defences against the vandalism of austerity

Posted Posted in City council, Local economies, Local government, Localisation

I’m just looking at the Birmingham City Council service reviews and budget consultation to make Localise West Midlands’ response – emphasising ways in which the Council can maximise local multiplier to reduce its whole system costs. As a citizen it’s incredibly frustrating to see the city forced into making such ridiculous choices. In my own area the likely closure of […]

GBSLEP’s spatial plan – grounds for optimism, but let’s see how the tensions play out

Posted Posted in Economics, Local economies, Planning

Last week I was at Futures Network West Midlands’ (FNWM) event on the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP’s new spatial plan, currently out for consultation. It would be possible to caricature FNWM as a support group for people who terribly miss regional planning and who get together to mourn its passing and discuss its potential rebirth under a future more […]

Establishing the Potential of a Transition Enterprise Economy in Herefordshire

Posted Posted in Local economies, Localisation, Transition Network

Last Thursday I attended a meeting at the Hereford Cider Museum to discuss the work which Nick Sherwood and colleagues from Herefordshire Transition Network are doing on developing ‘a thriving, resilient Herefordshire economy’ that is capable of meeting ‘the challenges of climate change, energy security and economic uncertainty’. They are working with a range of people and organisations across the […]

Buoyed by a positive attitude to a socially inclusive economy in Birmingham

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Economics, Local economies, Localisation, Uncategorized

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 process might just be churning out […]

iSE & LWM win LEAF funding to support social enterprises on household energy-saving agenda

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Green New Deal, Renewable energy

Press Release – For immediate release: 15th February 2012, Birmingham, UK Two BIRMINGHAM based social businesses, iSE and Localise West Midlands (LWM), are celebrating their success in winning national funding from LEAF.  This funding will resource 10 locally based social enterprises to engage in the energy saving agenda that will result in local householders saving money through energy efficiency. LEAF […]

Osborne’s anti-business culture

Posted Posted in Democracy, Economy, Employment, Globalisation, Government, Localisation

Osborne said “There are those who are trying to create an anti-business culture in Britain – and we have to stop them. At stake are not pay packages for a few but jobs and prosperity for the many.” Agreed, but not the way he means it. Large bonus culture is one illustration of how our over- centralised economic structure has […]

Localism bill – more on the dog’s breakfast

Posted Posted in Uncategorized

For our forthcoming sustainable and resilient planning event in Herefordshire, a couple of us from LWM met today with a contact in the Town and Country Planning Association and have been hearing more about the Localism bill than is good for us. I previously outlined some concerns about the planning aspects of this bill in a previous post. These concerns […]

The Green Economy and Local Job Creation

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Economy, Events, Green New Deal, Localisation

On July 12th our latest speaker meeting sparked a lively discussion on green jobs in the West Midlands- Where will they come from? Who will they employ? And how they will shape the future economy? Keith Budden, manager of Be Birmingham’s Environmental Partnership, kicked the evening off with a short presentation, outlining the potential to create 1.5 million jobs in […]

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 […]