A fair and sustainable local way of feeding urban communities

Posted Posted in Economy, Fair trade, Finance, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Low carbon, Procurement, Retail, Sustainability, Trade, Transition, Transport, Urban

Julie Brown, director of Growing Communities’, a trading and wholesaling operation, says her mission is to feed urban communities locally in a way that is fair and sustainable in the face of corporate dominance and climate change. Two of her suppliers, Martin and Sarah Mackey, grow potatoes and kale, in Kent as tenants on their holding, Ripple […]

Complexity or resilience?

Posted Posted in Banks, Economics, Energy, Finance, Globalisation, Local economies, Microfinance, Renewable energy

In the Times, Ed Conway (right), economics editor of Sky News, describes problems arising from the complexity of ‘the hallmark of 21st-century life’ and the International Alliance for Localization records examples of new modes of development and progress. Conway writes about the vast supply chains, financial instruments and legal structures ‘sitting beneath every industry’: Where […]

The FT and IFIs recognise the passing of globalisation

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economy, Globalisation, Localisation, Trade

In a Political Concern blog, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, have all decried a system they claimed had neglected the security of its weakest members. Earlier this month Izabella Kaminska referred to UBS’ ‘big note’ reviewing the […]

Time to change: Professor Lang’s challenge: embrace local sourcing

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Economy, Fair trade, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Planning, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition, Transport

Susan Press in the Co-operative News reports a challenge issued by Professor Tim Lang, Head of City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, to the Co-operative Group. It is time to radically change the way food is delivered and distributed to the Group’s 4,800 retail outlets: “At a time of growing interest in locally sourced […]

‘Local Liquidity: From Ineffective Demand to Community Currencies’

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Finance, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Microfinance, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Trade, Transition

Dr Molly Scott Cato opens her Green House paper, which may be downloaded here, by asking how our ongoing financial and economic crisis is to be understood and resolved. The mainstream view is that we need economic growth – and austerity – because of the vast government deficit and stagnant economy. Others say that we […]

Birmingham’s wholesale markets – a partnership of inclusive local enterprise

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

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 of […]

LWM and others in the region want to know more about locally based SMEs

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Economics, Economy, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Procurement, Trade

  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. LWM finds that SMEs: are more likely to feel […]