Birmingham is part of the Centre for Cities’ Partner City Research programme. The programme works closely with a small group of cities to inform economic development strategies and improve economic performance. This report focuses on the future growth prospects for Birmingham. It considers three questions:
- How has the recession affected drivers of growth in Birmingham?
- Which knowledge-based industries could drive future growth, with a particular focus on environmental industries and business services?
- What policy levers are available to support these industries in Birmingham and the city region?
- The Birmingham MAA area should focus on growing the private sector economy, particularly in high value sectors, where there are opportunities to strengthen the contribution of the excellent local universities
- Birmingham and its neighbouring authorities should develop scenario plans for sub-regional arrangements under a new government, for example identifying which local authorities would constitute a Local Enterprise Partnership
- The City Council should overhaul the current marketing effort, establishing more coherent leadership and developing a clearer and more compelling message, building on the city’s assets
- The City Council should continue providing a leadership role in reducing carbon emissions, but should not expect tough targets to lead to a thriving local low carbon sector
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