Spreading opportunity and prosperity to all sections of society
Greater Birmingham has a dynamic private sector that drives economic growth across the UK and enables us to make the most of the opportunities created through the first two priorities. However, there are still many structural supply-side barriers preventing these businesses reaching their full potential. This prevents wealth spreading to all
sections of society, and limits the effectiveness of the GBSLEP area as a single systemic functional unit contributing to the growth of the UK as a whole. These barriers include not having access to an appropriately skilled workforce, housing shortages that limit the area’s ability to attract and retain skilled workers, the lack of suitable quality business locations, flood risk, environmental quality, climate change and poor digital and physical connectivity.
We will ensure that our economy is founded upon a skilled workforce and an attractive, supportive and stimulating environment for investors and businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators– including a targeted focus on strengthening our competitiveness in key sectors.
Our number one priority will be to increase skills and reduce unemployment by ensuring that local people are inspired and skilled to fill the employment opportunities created through economic growth and that they continue to develop their skills throughout their careers, thereby driving productivity and attracting new investment. There will be a geographical focus to our work given the challenges of low skills levels and the high unemployment levels in parts of Birmingham and north Solihull. We will also seek to retain and attract talented individuals and entrepreneurs by developing and promoting Greater Birmingham as an attractive place to live, work and succeed.
The economic prospects for this area are fantastic. This is the place to be – to feed your business with talented people at all levels of your organisation.
Alan Volkaerts, Jaguar Land Rover
Greater Birmingham already hosts organisations operating at the cutting edge of research and innovation. Our expertise extends to advanced manufacturing and transport technologies, digital and creative industries, the cultural sector, medical and life sciences, and environmental technologies. Commercialising our research and innovation capability is key to capturing the high value, high growth sectors of the future, and driving the benefits across the UK. In […]
With the highest number of business start-ups per annum outside London and a start-up rate per head of population being above the core city LEP average, Greater Birmingham is experiencing a time of significant and positive change. The key challenge we face through this change is to increase initial survival rates and then sustained growth […]
With its recent history of growth, huge potential and highly competitive cost base, Greater Birmingham has gained an excellent reputation as a magnet for inward investment. Although we have identified challenges with long-term housing and employment land capacity to accommodate our growth ambitions, there are considerable commercial and residential opportunities to unlock across Greater Birmingham. A small selection of these opportunities is […]
Over the past 18 months, and particularly through the launch of our Towns and Local Centres Framework in March 2019, GBSLEP has provided revenue funding to support the development of numerous projects aimed at laying the foundations for the places of the future. This funding aims to create places where people want to visit, work […]
Our aim is for Greater Birmingham to be renowned for its sustainability and resilience, with an unrivalled quality of life offer. We will create the right environment for our businesses and people to flourish, and will ensure that our plans meet the needs and aspirations of those that live, work and invest here. High-quality housing is crucial to attracting and retaining […]
Our transport networks are enablers of spatial and sectorial growth. They are vital to creating viable and attractive places in which to live and do business; crucial to our businesses getting their goods and services to market; and key to ensuring that our people have access to economic and leisure opportunities. Strong transport networks befitting our economic growth ambitions are key […]
Culture and placemaking is a key part of GBSLEP’s strategy, strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life for our citizens. Birmingham has arguably the strongest cluster of major arts organisations in any English city outside London. GBSLEP’s wider geography has a rich and diverse cultural ecology and opportunities, such as the Commonwealth Games […]