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Foreword Achievements Economic Performance Review


My introduction to the LEP over the last few months has been a real eye opener. Before I became Chair, I was aware of what the LEP was and had achieved under the leadership of Andy Street and Steve Hollis but little of what it actually did. As a partnership of the private, public and educational sectors, I’ve already seen what a difference your LEP makes to the success of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull economy.


As an active, powerful, galvanising collaboration of the private, public and academic sectors, we are working to ensure that companies across the region can thrive by removing barriers to growth and creating opportunities.


Over the last 12 months Greater Birmingham has continued to grow and thrive 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 inward investment. This growth has benefited all parts of our geography and I’ve been particularly pleased that southern Staffordshire and northern Worcestershire are growing as fast, if not faster, than our wider city-region.


Greater Birmingham and the wider West Midlands are in a strong position to take advantage of several years of success and strong investment but we are at a pivotal moment. Collectively, we need to ensure that we don’t fail to take advantage of this moment.


Tim Pile


Greater Birmingham's Economic Performance

For more information download the full GBSLEP Annual Report 2017.2018