Growing our towns

Towns and local centres are central to continuing the success of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area.

In addition to the TLC Framework, we have also worked with ten of our towns to develop more detailed evidence about strengths, challenges, and future opportunities that centres outside of central Birmingham face.

This detailed evidence base – “Towns and Local Centres Ecosystem: Growing our Towns” – is helping us to more clearly see the interventions which have potential, particularly in strengthening local labour markets, supporting business enterprise, and improving communities’ ability to access opportunities. This reflects the fact that our towns will play an important role in future growth, both complementing the city centre offer, and acting as centres of employment and opportunity in their own right.

Towns and local centres are central to continuing the success of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, including in how responses to post-Brexit labour, trading, and regulatory changes are framed, and how the Greater Birmingham and Solihull economy emerges robustly from the economic challenges of the response to Covid-19.

You can download the Towns and Local Centres Ecosystem: Growing our Towns (Executive Summary) here.  

In addition, each of the ten towns and local centres featured in the report had their own report data and corresponding evidence, copies of which can be found by clicking on the links below:

  1. Bromsgrove
  2. Burton
  3. Cannock
  4. Kidderminster
  5. Lichfield
  6. Redditch
  7. Rugeley
  8. Solihull
  9. Sutton Coldfield
  10. Tamworth