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 […]

Moss Brook Growers: is there a Birmingham counterpart?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Local economies, Low carbon, Social Enterprise, Transition

Moss Brook Growers, a workers’ coop, was started at the end of 2009 by two members of Manchester’s Unicorn Grocery co-op. Stuart (who still is a Unicorn Member) and Rob (now full time at the farm), who had retail expertise with fruit & veg but little growing experience. They were aiming to turn the 21-acre plot into a highly productive […]