Could anyone have predicted this time last year the unprecedented global geo-political swings and changes we have witnessed and lived through over the last 12 months? What a year.
Over the last 12 months the GBSLEP cemented our position as the leading core city region for growth in economic output and business start-ups, with higher levels of private sector job creation than the national average and significant levels of export growth and inward investment.
Our region has all the ingredients and the momentum to compete in the increasingly competitive market place – let’s not hide from sharing with pride with anyone who will listen the great things that make our city region the place of choice.
Work Coaches Initiative
8,000 unemployed people supported into work by GBSLEP and the Department for Work & Pensions.
30,000 are supported by the end of March 2017.
Construction started on Kingswood Lakeside
BBC Three built on its £125m investment in Birmingham by
announcing a second base for BBC Three in the city.
Construction started at the National College for High Speed Rail
Universities Centre opened
Birmingham identified Britain’s leading city for business start-ups by StartUp Britain and the 2016 Enterprising Britain Awards
Hoobrook Link Road phase 2 completed
£1bn Curzon Investment Plan launched
Institute of Translational Medicine formally opened
Midlands Engine Investment Fund began its search for fund managers
East Staffordshire Growth & Regeneration Programme completed
Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at the GBSLEP fringe event “Driving Regional Growth” at Conservative Party Conference 2016
GBSLEP Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2030 launched
Changan Automotive Research and Development Centre
Commonwealth games feasibility study commissioned with GBSLEP backing
Growth Hub Inclusive Growth Pilot Project commences
HS2 Royal Assent granted
Energy Capital launched
Growth Deal 3 – £54.2m to GBSLEP
£7bn Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio launched at MIPIM 2017
Mercer Quality of Living Report 2017 ranks Birmingham as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside of the capital
Midlands Connect Strategy launched
Government’s Midlands Engine Strategy launched
GBSLEP named top core city LEP for economic growth, with growth of 4.7% compared to the UK’s 2.6% average
GBSLEP has agreed with Government a £433m Growth Programme – a pipeline of capital investments across Greater Birmingham & Solihull that will generate jobs, improve transport links, upskill our people, create houses and ultimately improve the quality of life – using the Local Growth Fund. The Growth Programme directly supports the LEP’s overall ambition for Greater Birmingham to be recognised as a top global city region by 2030.
See how GBSLEP is making a difference
Ruskin Mill Trust has opened an artisan educational cafe and social enterprise – Hive Bakery – which provides training and jobs for young people in Greater Birmingham with special needs. The initiative was supported by a mixture of grant and loan funding from the GBSLEP, totalling £250,000.
Solihull College and University Centre has opened a new Virtual Reality (VR) and Robotics Development Centre, supported by £143,500 of Local Growth Funding from the GBSLEP. The purpose-built facility will help learners to develop vital skills needed to work within the VR and robotics industries.