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West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy consultation: have your say

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), together with the region’s three Local Enterprise Partnerships – Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, and the Black Country – is holding a consultation as part of its work to produce a West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy.

This important, long-term strategy will build on recent success to drive inclusive growth and secure a regional economy fit for the future, which benefits everyone who lives and works in the region.

The Strategy is intended to be uniquely ‘of the West Midlands,’ identifying the region’s strengths, opportunities and challenges. It also aligns with the Government’s national Industrial Strategy, which focuses on five foundations for productivity, and four grand challenges – artificial intelligence and data, clean growth, the future of mobility and our ageing society.

The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy consultation document summarises findings to date, and we are inviting your feedback. The consultation ends on Thursday 15 November 2018 and all feedback will form part of the final West Midlands Industrial Strategy.

Tim Pile, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, commented:

“Our Local Industrial Strategy has been developed to reflect the unique strengths and benefits of operating in the West Midlands. It is designed to build on this region’s distinctive heritage and expertise, whilst identifying the future opportunities that will help us realise this region’s full economic potential.

“Having identified the West Midlands’ sectors of strength, GBSLEP has been working with our partners to ensure that the Strategy identifies practical ways to boost innovation, productivity, job creation and growth across a range of valuable industries.

“I’d encourage all businesses from Greater Birmingham, and the wider West Midlands, to share their views on how we can help our economy continue to thrive and grow.”

GBSLEP is consulting on:

Creative industries

Food and drink

Low carbon

BPFS

Life sciences