The West Midlands Forum for Growth? Well if I were you I wouldn’t start from here.

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I attended the West Midlands Forum for Growth yesterday at Resorts World. It was the official conference of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and I was attending on one of two free tickets given to civil society bodies, as part of the group of civil society organisations aiming to have a voice in combined authority matters. Tickets in general cost […]

Make social care an economic ‘engine’ of the West Midlands

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Press release for our inclusive economics & social care report with New economics Foundation – launched today Social care may be on the brink of crisis but the sector has the potential to become a driver of the West Midlands economy. A report for Localise West Midlands as part of the Good City Economies programme, has called for a re-framing […]

The Birmingham Pound: not just a piece of cake…

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It’s been fantastic to see all the interest in the potential of a Birmingham Pound over the last few days. Just one tweet following a very first-stage meeting of a few potentially interested people, and the Birmingham Mail were covering the story. I don’t want to belittle my abilities to attract conventional media to the Localising Prosperity agenda, but we’re […]

Theme of top post this year: realising the potential of local economic power

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Mainstreaming Community Economic Development is a major strand of LWM’s work that explores and supports an economic development approach that is based on making the most of local enterprise, existing business supply chains, networks, community assets and human potential. Read on: Its second project, Localising Prosperity: ––

Localising Prosperity? See Localise West Midlands’ new website

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Economy, Local economies, Planning, Poverty

On the Localising Prosperity website, Localise West Midlands asks if you want to maximise the benefits of economic development in your area: “Do you want a socially inclusive, redistributive, prosperous economy?” This is about localising prosperity for everyone – by integrating community economic development into everyday business. About understanding and building upon an area’s existing strengths so that it can […]