Growth Deal

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The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £21.4m invested in the area between 2016 and 2021.

This is in addition to the £357.4m of funding committed by the Government on 7 July 2014. Over the lifetime of its Deal (2015-2021) the Local Enterprise Partnership estimates that up to 29,000 new jobs could be created,   7,000 new homes built and that it has the potential to generate £170m public and private investment.

This new tranche of funding will deliver:

  • Future Skills Capital Programme (£8.7m) supporting additional course provision at colleges including: Employability & Enterprise, Maintaining Quality Provision, Advanced Life Sciences, delivering 3000 – 5000 skills outputs.
  •  Wholesale Markets (Birmingham) (£3m) Gap funding to bring forward the southern part of the site for the new markets. This will facilitate major commercial redevelopment of a prime site in the city centre Enterprise Zone.
  • Universities@IBC (Birmingham) (£2.5m) Extension to the existing Faraday Wharf incubator building at the Innovation Birmingham Campus to provide an additional 445m2 of state of the art enterprise space which enables local universities to collaborate with business start-ups, creating 1800 jobs part of the Enterprise Zone.
  • Lode Lane (Solihull) (£1.7m) Package of public transport, cycling and walking improvements on a major route which provides access to significant development sites including UK Central, Birmingham Airport, and JLR Lode Lane plant.
  • Kidderminster Railway Station (£1.8m) Redevelopment of the station area improving interchange and increasing the catchment area.
  • Kingswood Lakeside Internal Access Works (Cannock) (£0.8m) Gap funding to support remediation works, access, lighting, and drainage works for a prime employment location adjacent to the M6 Toll, creating 1300 jobs.
  • Unblocking small housing sites programme phase 2 (£3m) Extension of a programme to support the acceleration of small housing sites across the LEP area through gap funding combined with facilitation through pro bono support, delivering up to 120 homes.

These are in addition to the Growth Deal announced in July 2014 which saw the Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Central Government agreeing to co-invest in the following joint priorities:

Full project list (click on the name to see a summary of the project)

Project Total LGF Outputs Note
Investing in Growth in Greater Birmingham & Solihull
South Kidderminster Enterprise Park £9m £3m 532 jobs, 170 homes Approved
Ashted Circus £6.6m £4.07m Approved
Journey Time Reliability Improvements to Growth £2.69m £2.42m 198 jobs Approved
Unlocking Small Housing Sites £6m £6m 1,300 homes Approved
Road/Rail Freight Interchange £16.75m £1.3m 50 jobs Approved
Unlocking Birmingham’s Sustainable Urban Extension £11.11m £5m 5000 jobs, 3000 homes Approved
University Station Interchange £3.09m £2.59m Approved
Battery Way Extension £1.52m £1.26m 800 jobs Approved
Selly Oak New Road Phase 1b £6.13m £3.63m 2,700 jobs Approved
A34 Corridor – Perry Barr £6.1m £3.5m 1,150 jobs, 300 homes Approved
Iron Lane £9.5m £5m 1,000 homes Approved
East Staffordshire Growth and Regeneration Programme £5.7m £1.5m 707 jobs, 306 homes Approved
Snow Hill Station: Phase 1 £9.99m £4.66m Approved
Longbridge Connectivity Scheme £8.09m 4.86m 3864 jobs 1089 homes Approved
Birmingham Cycle Revolution £8m £6m Approved
Tame Valley Viaduct £82.01m £72.1m Provisional
A457 Dudley Road £29.5m £22.4m Provisional
A45 Rapid Transit City-Airport £50m £35m Provisional
Maximising the benefits of HS2
Hagley Road SPRINT £12.2m £2.5m Approved
HS2: South & City College £150k £70,000 18 jobs, 58 skills Approved
Midland Metro – to Edgbaston £67.5m £59.8m Provisional
Midland Metro – to Eastside £102.6m £5.5m Note: £35m allocated provisionally
Midland Metro – to Centenary Square £42.4m £8m Pre-Approved
One Station £7m £3.5m Pre-Approved
Making the Connections £8m £6.8m Pre-Approved
Enhancing growth sectors, and supporting and growing businesses
Solihull Aviation £2m £830k 6 jobs, 145 skills Approved
Food Technology Hub £750k £340k 60 jobs, 330 skills Approved
Life Sciences Centre £10m £3.5m 209 jobs, 100 skills Approved
JLR Expansion: Engineering £1.2m £550k 73 jobs, 370 skills Approved
JLR Expansion: Automotive Training £600k £260k 130 skills Approved
Advanced Manufacturing Hub £10m £2m 1,500 jobs Approved
Life Sciences Campus £171m £5m 2,207 jobs Approved
Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technologies £51.2m £11.2m 330 jobs, 13,000 skills Approved


Download the GBSLEP Growth Deal Expansion Brochure.

Download the full Greater Birmingham & Solihull Growth Deal here.

View the press release about the announcement of the Growth Deal here.

View the Growth Deal Assurance Framework here.

The LEP Board is empowered and given democratic accountability by the Supervisory Board which, as a Joint Committee of the nine local authorities of GBSLEP, ratifies decisions taken regarding the expenditure of Local Growth Funds. The agendas, papers and minutes of the Supervisory Board can be found here.