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Arena Central secures largest Birmingham pre-let in a decade – 21/09/2017 Read more here

PwC and BizzInn launch Midlands scale-up programme – 18/09/2017 Read more here

Birmingham Curzon HS2 regeneration plans boosted by funding for new Midland Metro stop – 15/09/2017 Read more here

WMCA approves transport plan for the next decade – 12/9/17 Read more here

West Midlands’ creative industries set for major boost following Mayor’s announcement of upcoming £2.1m Production Fund and new Screen Bureau – 8/9/17 Read more here

Birmingham welcomes Commonwealth Games decision – 7/9/17 Read more here

Iron: Man kicks off next phase of Midland Metro tram expansion – 5/9/17 Read more here

Action plan proposed to unlock land for housing and jobs – 5/9/17 Read more here

Greater Birmingham & Solihull organisations urged to access £27 million funding to develop skills base – 4/9/17 Read more here

Sir John Bell to unveil industry-led proposals to build UK’s status as world leader in life sciences – 30/8/17 Read more here

GBSLEP reacts to the Midlands Engine Investment Fund launch – 29/8/17 Read more here

British Business Bank launches first £120million tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund – 29/8/17 Read more here

Best of British business backs Birmingham’s 2022 bid as city reveals Business Expo 2022 plans – 25/8/17 Read more here

Eurostar arrives in Birmingham as the National College for High Speed Rail prepares to open its doors – 17/8/17 Read more here

Solihull’s HS2 ambition officially unveiled – 9/8/17 Read more here

Birmingham 2022 Bid celebrates a summer of sporting success for Midlands athletes – 28/7/17 Read more here

Cox Exhibitions expands thanks to the Business Growth Programme – 25/7/17 Read more here

Valveforce expands in Solihull once again – 25/7/17 Read more here

Bus scheme driving cleaner air and better facilities for Solihull town centre – 24/7/17 Read more here

Business Secretary to establish UK as world leader in battery technology as part of modern Industrial Strategy – 24/7/17 Read more here

Brendan Foster joins Birmingham 2022 Bid team – 19/7/17 Read more here

Life Ready celebrates success and launches online portal – 18/7/17 Read more here

Steve Hollis, Chairman of GBSLEP, comments on today’s HS2 announcements – 17/7/17 Read more here

Ericsson Indoor Arena at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry to become Netball showcase for Commonwealth Games bid – 14/7/17 Read more here

New Sandwell Aquatics Centre to become home of Swimming and Diving for 2022 Commonwealth Games bid – 14/7/17 Read more here

Planning approval granted for former Curzon Street station Read more here

West Midlands Combined Authority gets £5.84m from Government to help keep traffic moving Read more here

First look at proposals for new-look Kidderminster railway station Read more here

West Midlands Combined Authority submits its case to become the home of Channel 4 Read more here

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP announces search for new chair Read more here

Annual Report marks another successful 12 months for GBSLEP Read more here

Swift rolled out on bus and rail as smartcard use hits 3m Read more here

Deborah Cadman appointed WMCA chief executive Read more here

The Mayor and GBSLEP Chair mark the midway point in construction of the Centre for Clinical Haematology Read more here

Entrepreneurs to pitch for £3.95m investment & cash prizes Read more here

West Midlands Science & Innovation Audit points the way to drive up productivity Read more here

Fund to unlock stalled housing sites supports plans to build 300 new homes in first year Read more here

Birmingham unveils vision and logo for 2022 Commonwealth Games Read more here

Launch of the North Worcestershire Engineering Centre of Excellence Read more here

LEP Programme Delivery Board meets in Wyre Forest Read more here

Dr David Hardman crowned BYPY 2017 Inspiring Leader Read more here

New Mayor and combined authority back bid to host Commonwealth Games Read more here

Chair of GBSLEP, Steve Hollis comments on former Chair Andy Street’s Mayoral win Read more here

Voters urged to ‘be part of history’ as polls open for first ever West Midlands Mayor Read more here

Public asked to comment on transport schemes for coming decade Read more here

Birmingham bids to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 Read more here

GBSLEP Response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper Read more here

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP appoints first Non-Executive Director for Young People Read more here

Commission launched to help raise region’s economic performance Read more here

The Midlands at the heart of Britain’s offer to Qatar Read more here

Midlands UK welcomes thousands of prospective investors at MIPIM 2017 Read more here

Midland Metro passenger numbers set to top seven million on back of city centre tram extension Read more here

Solihull Town Centre Masterplan showcased at MIPIM 2017 Read more here

Greater Birmingham focuses on connectivity to entice investment at MIPIM Read more here

The UK Central Hub sets out 20 year growth plan to capitalise on HS2 interchange site and surrounding region Read more here

Birmingham ranks as leading English city outside London for quality of life Read more here

Birmingham Peddimore set to expand city’s industrial offer by £350 million, attracting 10,000 jobs Read more here

Chancellor Philip Hammond visits Three Snowhill site, Birmingham Read more here

Sajid Javid: £54.2 million cash boost for Greater Birmingham and Solihull Read more here

Midlands Connect Strategy launch: Powering the Midlands Engine Read more here

Firing up the Midlands Engine- Midland Engine Strategy is released Read more here

Steve Hollis, GBSLEP Chair comments on the Midlands Engine Strategy Read more here

Steve Hollis, Chair of the GBSLEP comments on today’s Budget announcements Read more here

Birmingham innovators inspired by Entrepreneurs Exchange event Read more here

BBC Academy to train young job seekers via social media Read more here

Aston MBA worth £20k up for grabs to Birmingham’s Young Professional of the Year 2017 Read more here

Midlands UK aims to be the best in show at MIPIM Read more here

GBSLEP named top core city LEP for economic growth Read more here

Warwickshire CCC pledge support to prospective Commonwealth Games bid Read more here

HS2 go-ahead to power West Midlands renaissance Read more here

Steve Hollis, Chairman, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP comments on Royal Assent Read more here

Panasonic and MTC to develop connected business solutions Read more here

National Apprenticeship Event:  Wednesday 8th March 2017 Read more here

Midlands region unites on unprecedented scale at MIPIM 2017 Read more here

Simon Marks Board Director, GBSLEP comments on The Deloitte Regional Crane Survey Read more here

Backing future engineers Read more here

GBSLEP Chair, Steve Hollis looks ahead for 2017 Read more here

Aston Business School ranked one of UK’s best Read more here

Katie Trout, Director, GBSLEP Comments on the Modern Industrial Strategy Read more here

Business Minister Margot James MP opens new North Worcestershire Engineering Centre of Excellence Read more here

Commonwealth Games feasibility study launched Read more here

Birmingham remains Britain’s leading regional city for start-up creation  Read more here

Birmingham delegation visits Doha to discuss trade and investment Read more here

Arrival of HS2 puts Curzon in spotlight Read more here

Coventry cashes in on devolution deal Read more here

West Midlands Combined Authority makes first commercial development funding award Read more here

West Midlands Region shortlisted for prestigious National Rail Awards Read more here

Department for Education publishes Area Review Report for Birmingham and Solihull Further Education Read more here

Steve Hollis, Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP comments on the Autumn Statement 2016 Read more here

GBSLEP releases its new Strategic Economic Plan; Greater Birmingham launches ‘250,000 jobs by 2030’ plan Read more here.

Chair of WMCA welcomes Government announcement on HS2. Read more here…

GBSLEP Chair, Steve Hollis comments on Government announcement on HS2 here…

Wheels in motion for Snow Hill Growth Strategy. Read more here…

Greater Birmingham calls for young person to join LEP Board. Read more here…

WMCA appoints independent audit & standards chair. Read more. 

Programme to boost employment support for people with disabilities and health conditions gets the go ahead Read more.

Devolution deal is proving to be great news for the West Midlands- Sajid Javid Read more.

Steve Hollis comments on the Government’s approval of a third runway at Heathrow Read more.

New GBSLEP Chair welcomes job growth figures. Read more. 

Full speed ahead for Birmingham’s National College for High Speed Rail. Read more.

Prime Minister’s presence at the GBSLEP Conservative Party Fringe Event: Driving Regional Growth- Birmingham ‘can help drive post-Brexit success’. Read more. 

Institute of Translational Medicine officially opened. Read more. 

Birmingham throws hat into the ring to bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games. Read more.

Birmingham crowned this year’s ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’. Read more.

Birmingham invests £1 billion to get on the right track for HS2. Read more.

Andy Street, chair of the GBSLEP to stand down. Read more

Greater Birmingham enjoys foreign investment boost as West Midlands leads UK regions. Read More

A Greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain. Read more

Apollo lift-off as Birmingham overcomes post-Brexit uncertainty. Read more

£33million Business Growth Programme Launches. Read more

West Midlands businesses in box-seat for HS2 opportunities. Read more

Annual Conference Round Up. Read more

GBSLEP response to the outcome of the EU Referendum. Read more

Deputy Chair For Delivery appointed. Read more

£47 million investment makes its mark on Greater Birmingham. Read more

Construction underway on new 100,000 sq ft Cannock development. Read more

BBC announcement of further investment in Birmingham welcomed. Read more

Construction starts on National College for High Speed Rail. Read more

New Engineering Centre of Excellence to open in Redditch. Read more

Chamber award for Chair Andy Street. Read more

Register now for our Annual Conference 2016. Read more

Work Coaches initiative helps 8,000 people into work. Read More 

New Non-Executive Board Director for Innovation appointed. Read more

PwC in Midlands announces move to £500million Paradise scheme. Read more

GBSLEP response to the March 2016 budget. Read more

Birmingham Smithfield to create a new place at the heart of the city. Read more

M&G Real Estate to fund Ballymore’s Three Snowhill in largest ever city centre office development outside London. Read more

Birmingham city centre EZ launches unique relocation service to cope with unprecedented investor demand. Read more

Midlands Engine Pitchbook launch. Read more

New Director takes the helm. Read more

£1.5 million boost for Kingswood Lakeside Business Park. Read more

£500,000 investment to grow Birmingham’s creative economy. Read more

Chinese Minister for Commerce visit to Birmingham. Read more

Greater Birmingham’s ‘Today, Tomorrow and Beyond’ showcased to investors at MIPIM 2016. Read more

£9million Unlocking Housing Sites Programme launches. Read more.

Highways England has launched its new £100m Growth & Housing Fund. Read here.

New generation of engineers gear up for careers in high speed rail. Read here.

Birmingham’s Paradise scheme enters crucial next stage. Read here.

Birmingham’s visitor economy to hit all-time high in 2015. Read here.

Midlands Engine launches new prospectus. Read here.

£6million boost for The Grand Hotel. Read here.

GBSLEP response to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement. Read here.

Birmingham welcomes the greatest increase in start-ups in the UK. Read here.

Historic devolution agreement reached for the West Midlands. Read here.

Statement from Andy Street, Chairman of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership regarding the West Midlands Devolution Deal. Read here.

Minister visits Birmingham for Life Sciences update. Read here.

New WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Solihull receives £1.1m to tool up young engineers. Read here.

Major milestone for new national college in Birmingham. Read here.

Public-private collaboration underway to improve planning efficiency and consistency across Greater Birmingham. Read here.

Growth Hub launched as one-stop-shop of support for Greater Birmingham businesses. Read here.

Birmingham Enterprise Zone booming with hundreds of new jobs attracted this year. Read here.

Latest ons employment survey highlights regional economic success. Read here.

Finance Birmingham scoops two Midlands Dealmakers Awards. Read here.

GBSLEP and Black Country Authorities publish Phase 3 of Strategic Housing Needs Study. Read here.

GBSLEP appoints new Growth Hub Manager. Read here.

Unprecedented plan to maximise benefits of HS2 unveiled. Read here.

Greater Birmingham has potential to become a leading global location for life sciences. Read here.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes the launch of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Statement of Intent. Read here.

GBSLEP Response to the Summer Budget. Read here.

New changes to the GBSLEP board announced. Read here.

Greater Birmingham leads British regions for foreign investment. Read here.

GBSLEP makes strides in delivering strategy with major financial boost. Read here.

GBSLEP launches initiative with DWP to support local people into local jobs. Read here.

GBSLEP welcomes chancellor’s confirmation of city centre enterprise zone extension. Read here.

Shortlisted Centenary Square designs to go on public display. Read here.

Public invited to help define the best of Greater Birmingham and Solihull. Read here.

GBSLEP welcomes commitment to extend the city centre enterprise zone. Read here.

Greater Birmingham brings record number of partners to MIPIM 2015

Greater Birmingham joined forces with more partners than ever before at global real estate show MIPIM (10-13 March in Cannes, France). A total of 33 private and public sector organisations signed up to join Greater Birmingham as the region showcased a landmark year. Read here.

GBSLEP Announces Changes To The Board

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is welcoming two new faces to the board as it bids farewell to three valued directors. Read here

GBSLEP Announces Launch Of Life Sciences Commission

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has announced the launch of a new Life Sciences Commission, which will create a roadmap to achieve a world class environment and industry offer to attract life sciences to the city of Birmingham and wider region. Read here.

Greater Birmingham Digital Audit Launched

The first in-depth regional study of the digital capability of SMEs – across all sectors in the GBSLEP area – was launched on 26th Februray 2015. The audit has identified three clear investment and support priorities that businesses in Greater Birmingham are asking for to maximise their growth potential: Develop digital business skills; Access to better, faster and affordable connectivity; and Ease-of-access to business support. For more information visit here

New GVA Figures Show GBSLEP Economy Growing Faster Than The National Average

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is reporting further good news in terms of increased economic growth for the region, following today’s release of the latest GVA figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Read more here.

Statement from the GBSLEP in response to Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement regarding the Long Term Economic Plan for the Midlands

Read the full release here.

GBSLEP announces round four of Growing Places Fund

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has announced the launch of round four of its Growing Places Fund initiative. Read the release here.

GBSLEP sign £357m Growth Deal with Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today joined private and public sector directors from the GBSLEP board to sign the £357m Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Deal. Read the media release here.

GBSLEP Appoints Programme Delivery Director

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP)has signaled its intention to deliver the region’s economic plans by making a high profile appointment. Michael Carr will join the LEP in February as Programme Delivery Director, responsible for ensuring it makes good on the region’s growing opportunities and potential. Read the full media release here.

Enterprise Zone Creates 1200 Jobs

GBSLEP’s Enterprise Zone’s profile was raised recently when the Government highlighted Birmingham’s EZ  as an exemplar, particularly the creation of 1200 jobs . Read the media release here.

National Skills Show Encourages People To ‘Have a Go’ With Hands On Experiences To Inspire The Next Generation

MISS_MACAROON_8One of the Midlands’ key business leaders has been trying his hand at a new skill ahead of the UK’s largest skills and careers event. Alan Volkaerts, who is board director for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and also operations director for Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant visited Miss Macaroon in Hockley, Birmingham to try out some bakery skills.

The Skills Show, which is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from      13 – 15 November and FREE to attend, is open to teachers, parents, children and businesses and will showcase a wide range of vocations across the three days, including offering people the opportunity to try their hand at more than 45 skills with the ‘Have a Go’ experiences. Read the full release here or visit our Skills Show page.

Greater Birmingham to define its story as global competition heats up

GBSLEP and partners set out to strengthen area’s ‘sell’ in bid for investment and tourism

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has commissioned Marketing Birmingham to develop a regional strategy that will strengthen the area’s reputation across global markets, in order to maximise economic returns for the region and ultimately the country. For more information read the full media release here


New High Speed Rail College Success For Birmingham

Publication1The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has today confirmed it has been successful in its bid to establish the National College for High Speed Rail in the city.  This important win underlines Birmingham’s credentials as a centre of excellence for rail engineering and demonstrates how it is best placed and ready for the arrival and delivery of the HS2 project. Read the full media release here

August’s JSA claimant figures record continued to fall in GBS LEP areas jobless figures

Unemployment in the GBS LEP area continues to fall with Septembers JSA figures recording the total number of claimants in the GBS LEP area falling to 43,679 claimants in August 2014.

Overall, the UK Figures also show a continued growth in private sector employment – up by almost 800,000 in the last year alone. Compared to 2010 there are now over 2.16 million more people in private sector jobs – showing that the Government’s long-term economic plan to create jobs by backing businesses is working.

Unemployment saw the largest annual fall in 26 years, dropping by 468,000, which brings the unemployment rate to a new 6-year low of 6.2%.  The employment rate, at 73%, is also back up to the level seen before the recession with 30.61 million people in work.

 The number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has been falling for the last 22 months – with 423,600 fewer claimants than a year ago – and is now below 1 million for the first time since 2008.

Young people saw the largest annual fall in unemployment since records began in 1984 – falling by 213,000 on the year – and has been dropping for the last year. There are now fewer young people claiming the main unemployment benefit (JSA) than just before the recession – having dropped by 133,200 in the past year and for 33 months in a row.


Andrew Cleaves, board director of GBSLEP responsible for transport, said: “Following the recent announcement from the Government confirming the £8m funding for this important project, we congratulate Carillion Construction on winning this contract, which will improve our region’s transport infrastructure and improve traffic flows.

“This project is vital to improve connectivity across Greater Birmingham and Solihull helping businesses with better transport and distribution channels, and easing congestion for commuters.  In line with this, more than £300m in funding has been secured for these projects, including £39m across both the National and Local Pinch Point Programmes, £255m for investment in transport in the £357m Greater Birmingham & Solihull Growth Deal.

“As economic growth for Greater Birmingham & Solihull continues apace, improved transport and communication infrastructure gained from projects like this enable businesses to develop and grow as we move forward following the recession.”

GBSLEP Announces round three of Growing Places Fund

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has announced the launch of round three of its Growing Places Fund initiative.

With up to £3m available for this round of the fund, applications are invited from1 September to 17 October 2014.  Support is being offered in the form of secured business loans as opposed to the matched funding schemes previously provided under the scheme.

Growing Places has been designed to generate investment in infrastructure projects within the GBSLEP area to boost economic growth and in turn enable new job creation, build new homes and commercial premises.  In particular, the fund is intended to provide support to those who have previously been refused financial assistance from banks for the purpose of ‘unlocking’ stalled development schemes.

Those interested in applying for finance via the Growing Places Fund should contact Lesley Edwards, Funding Manager at Birmingham City Council at or  Read the full media release here.

Positive trend continues as JSA claimant rate in Greater Birmingham decreases faster than the national rate

downloadFollowing the national trend, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirm continued employment growth in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP region, as the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) drops to 4.9%.

Maintaining a continuous month on month decrease, the number of claimants has fallen to 45,122 across the GBSLEP Local Authorities at the end of July 2014. Whilst not seasonally adjusted, the latest figures show a significant improvement from the same month last year, with 15,980 less unemployed. Read the full media release here.

GBSLEP Number 1 area for Foreign Direct Investment

Pounds-to-Pocket-How-to-Know-if-that-Investment-is-Too-Good-to-be-TrueThe GBSLEP area has recorded the highest level of FDI according to recent UK Trade and Industry Data.

Recent figures have revealed that the GBSLEP area is attracting more foreign investment projects than any other UK region, rising by 57% from 49 projects in 2012/13 to 77 projects in 13/14. Read more details here.

Birmingham City Council is set to approve a significantly larger funding package to support the delivery of the City Centre Enterprise Zone.

paradise The £275 million investment plan, which has also been agreed by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will help to accelerate the delivery of new development and infrastructure over the next 10 years and so continue the positive transformation of the city centre click here for more information




Greater Birmingham Growth Hub moves closer with 30 organisations pledging support

IMG_0080A host of organisations involved in supporting businesses have pledged their commitment to the creation of the Greater Birmingham Growth Hub by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 20th at the GBSLEP AGM.

The Growth Hub will create a world-class business support experience for companies in the GBSLEP.

Click here to find out more about the MoU and how it commits these organisations to sharing best practice and co-ordination as they help to shape the emerging Growth Hub model.

Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills Visits Fazeley Studios & the Custard Factory

drum lauch 5The Rt Hon Cable MP visited Digbeth on a tour of Fazeley Studios and the Custard Factory on July 25th.

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills was greeted by GBSLEP Board Director and Creative City Partnership’s Chair Anita Bhalla and Custard Factory owner Lucan Gray.

Dr Cable took the opportunity to speak to a number of entrepreneurs about their creative businesses and the challenges they face particularly in relation to exporting British services abroad, and discussed what the Government could do to help. Read about the visit and view more images here.


HS2 Jobs and Growth Boost Birmingham

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Secretary of State for Transport The Rt Hon Patrick Mcloughlin MP visited Birmingham on July 21st and announced two significant HS2 initiatives – the location of the HS2 Construction HQ at Two Snow Hill and launch of the Birmingham Curzon Regeneration Company.

The HS2 Construction HQ is expected to accommodate 1500 jobs the majority of which are new posts, not transferred from London.

The GBSLEP will be a member of the of the Curzon Street Regeneration company and will be investing £30 Million from the Enterprise Zone Investment Plan to kick start development projects in and around the Station. Click here for more information.


Andy Street landscapeGrowth Deal heralds new era for Greater Birmingham & Solihull economy

The Government has today (Monday) announced that the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is to receive £357.3m from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) to help provide up to 19,000 jobs as part of its Growth Deal.

In total, 34 projects have been approved with £63.4m available for the financial year 2015-16 to get schemes started quickly. Read more


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Birmingham shortlisted for HS2 College

Birmingham has been shortlisted for the national High Speed Rail College along with Derby and Manchester.

The private sector-led campaign to bring the college to Birmingham brings together the GBSLEP, training providers and Universities and is also being backed by the Black Country LEP. Read more

Andy Street landscapeWest Midlands LEPs join forces to present transport priorities

A record number of jobs (5,988) have been created by foreign direct investment (FDI) over the past year, according to new figures released today.

Investment by foreign firms generated a record 4,337 new jobs in 2013/14, almost double that of the 2,439 created the previous year. Read more


Steve Hollis webportraitGBSLEP publishes Strategic Economic Plan

Ambitious plans to create more than 41,000 jobs in Greater Birmingham have been submitted to Government by the GBSLEP.

The Strategic Economic Plan bid by the LEP outlines a total of 52 projects which it is looking to for support through the Local Growth Fund, a combination of game-changing initiatives and shovel-ready schemes right across the LEP area. Read more

ARENA CENTRAL£15m Enterprise Zone development fund launches

A £15m fund to help developers within the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone to kickstart building projects has now launched.

The Site Development and Access Fund was approved by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet as part of the Enterprise Zone Investment Plan. The fund will provide a mix of loans and grants to prospective property developers with a focus on sites that will generate business rate growth and employment opportunities. Read more

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West Midlands LEPs join forces to create £125m Regional Investment Fund

Six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands have agreed to join together to create a major investment fund worth at least £125m, expected to create or safeguard 9,000 jobs and help 400 new businesses to start up.

The Regional Investment Fund will provide a range of programmes to support growing businesses in the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Marches, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Worcestershire LEP areas. Read more


Anita Bhalla of BBC Birmingham by Craig Holmes (01952 603038).

GBSLEP Appoints Midlands Arts Centre Chair to its Board

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed broadcaster and Chair of the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Anita Bhalla to its Board, strengthening its commitment to the creative sector.


Anita replaces Wade Lyn, who will continue to be an ambassador for the LEP and social enterprises in Greater Birmingham. Read more

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Private sector jobs on the increase in Greater Birmingham show new statistics

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the number of private sector jobs created in Greater Birmingham has increased for a second successive year.

The figures from the Business Register and Employment Survey are the latest detailed breakdown of employment patterns and provide the benchmark from which the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership measures its progress. Read more

Paradise CGI aBirmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone to take a huge step forward

Plans to extend the Midland Metro and regenerate Centenary Square will take a major step forward if they are approved by the city council’s cabinet on October 21 2013.

This will be the first major infrastructure project brought forward through the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone Investment Plan, supporting growth and investment in the city centre. Read more

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GBSLEP response to Official Labour Market Statistics

Following the announcement of the Official Labour Market Statistics unemployment figures, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Chair Andy Street said:

“While we recognise all sorts of factors need to be taken into account, the news that the unemployment level in the GBSLEP is continuing a downward trend is a positive sign.” Read more



Apprenticeship drive launched in Greater Birmingham to tackle youth unemployment

A campaign aimed at raising awareness among employers across Greater Birmingham in taking advantage of more than 2,000 apprenticeship grants available specifically in this area has been launched.

The 100-day campaign by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking to make employers aware of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE), available for eligible businesses who take on a young apprentice. Read more

Green Bridge Icon copyDeadline looming for round two of Green Bridge programme

The second round of bidding for funding from the £20m Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme (GBSCP) is now open.

In the first round of bidding with more than 50 applications worth in excess of £4.5 million received which are currently being assessed and further details of winning applications will be released in due course. Read more.


RazaRaza Samar appointed to the Board of the GBSLEP

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has announced the appointment of Hall Green businessman Raza Samar to its Board.

Father-of-three Raza is director of accountancy firm RUS Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors and Tax Advisors which he founded in 1992 and now employs just under 20 staff and subcontractors. Read more

 uktiGBSLEP tops inward investment league in job creation


The Greater Birmingham and Solihull region is one of the most successful in the UK at attracting foreign investment, according to new figures released today by UK Trade & Investment, the government department that supports investors.

The area, defined by the geography of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), topped the national league for new job creation. Read more

Andy Street landscapeGBSLEP welcomes Regional Growth Fund allocation


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has approved an allocation to create a mezzanine loan fund across the Greater Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country LEP areas in addition to a national tooling fund through the Regional Growth Fund.

The fund, when it gets up and running later this year, will make mezzanine-style loans available for growth capital of up to £2 million. Read more


Red Carpet cinemaGrowing Places Fund helps GBSLEP roll out the Red Carpet


A new two-screen independent cinema is being built in East Staffordshire after securing support from the Growing Places Fund.

The Red Carpet Cinema is an independent cinema and café focusing on intelligent mainstream and art house films at Barton Marina near Barton-under-Needwood. Read more

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GBSLEP Chair responds to Comprehensive Spending Review announcement


GBSLEP Chair Andy Street has responded to today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne about the Government’s spending plans.

The plans include an allocation of £10 billion over five years for the Single Local Growth Fund to be used by Local Enterprise Partnerships to drive economic growth. See more.


Arup LGArenasm copyNew masterplan positions UK Central as key driver of 100,000 new jobs


An ambitious masterplan which outlines how the area around the NEC and Birmingham Airport could be developed to create 100,000 jobs and boost GDP by as much as £19.5 billion launched today.

The masterplan for UK Central (UKC) explains the vision of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) for development up until 2040. Read more


Steve Hollis£20 million green technologies fund launches for West Midlands businesses


A £20 million funding programme to help SME supply chain companies develop, grow and diversify their businesses within the green sector in the West Midlands has launched. Read more


ARENA CENTRALBirmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone receives Government boost


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed news that three sites in the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone have been selected for investment.

As part of the Local Infrastructure Fund, the Department of Communities and Local Government has given outline approval to lend applicants the funds for three key sites. Read more


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GBSLEP welcomes Department for Transport Pinch Point Fund allocations


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed news that the Department for Transport has allocated more than £10 million to support transport projects that will drive economic growth in the LEP through the Local Pinch Point Fund Read more


GBSLEP Conference ImageVilla Park to host GBSLEP Annual Conference


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership will be holding its Annual Conference at Villa Park on Wednesday June 26.

The event will feature presentations from GBSLEP Chair Andy Street and Deputy Chair Steve Hollis, showcasing the progress the LEP has made over the last 12 months. Read more


Andrew CleavesGBSLEP responds to HS2 legislation in Queen’s speech


Following today’s announcement of two new bills regarding HS2 in the Queen’s Speech, Andrew Cleaves, GBSLEP Board Director with responsibility for transport, welcomed the legislation. Read more


GBSLEP SfG IconGreater Birmingham aiming for economic breakthrough with Strategy for Growth launch


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has today launched a strategy that aims to re-establish the city region as the major driver of the UK economy outside London. Read more



Wade Lyn crop‘Talk To Reg’ to make regulation in GBSLEP simple


Companies in Greater Birmingham and Solihull have received a boost this week with the launch of a new website that provides a single point of reference for regulatory guidance. ‘Talk to Reg’ (, developed by the ‘Better Business for All (BBfA)’ initiative, will provide an online resource for firms to get expert advice and guidance on meeting legislation. Read more

GBSLEP Chair responds to BIS report


Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Chair, Andy Street, has responded to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report into Local Enterprise Partnerships. Read more.

Historical Birmingham coffin works to be transformed with support from GBSLEP


A 19th century Grade II* listed building in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is set to be transformed into a base for thriving businesses after securing the funding necessary to start work. The £2 million project to revamp Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works in Fleet Street will receive over £200,000 after successfully applying to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) for support from the Growing Places Fund. Read more

Aston University Vice Chancellor joins the GBSLEP Board


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed Professor Dame Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, as a Director. Read more

£19 million manufacturing supply chain programme launched


A £19 million programme to support and strengthen companies in the automotive and aerospace supply chains in the West Midlands has been launched. Read more


Paradise Circus £450 million transformation drives forward


The transformational redevelopment of Paradise Circus is moving forward after the GBSLEP approved an Enterprise Zone resource allocation of more then £60 million. Read more


Lord Heseltine presents vision for accelerated regional economic growth in Greater Birmingham


A report has been presented to the Chancellor showcasing how the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership would accelerate growth in the city region by using powers outlined in Lord Heseltine’s document ‘No Stone Unturned’. Read more


GBSLEP sets target of 21,000 new Apprenticeships for Greater Birmingham and Solihull.


Plans to support the creation of 21,000 new apprenticeships across the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area have been announced to mark National Apprenticeship Week. Read more


GBSLEP to host access to finance event for growing businesses


Businesses across the LEP area are being invited to an event that will showcase opportunities to access finance worth between £10,000 and £1 million. Read more


Chancellor George Osborne launches Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone prospectus


Plans that will give the Greater Birmingham economy a £2.8 billion annual boost, create 40,000 new jobs and consolidate the city as a global centre for inward investment have been announced. Read more


GBSLEP agrees £4 million deal to unlock Solihull mixed-use development


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has agreed a £4 million deal to enable a community, office and retail scheme in North Solihull to go ahead. Read more


GBSLEP to showcase support available to automotive manufacturing SMEs at event


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has joined forces with the SMMT to provide an insight into support and future opportunities for automotive manufacturers in the region. Read more


New Director appointed to the Board of GBSLEP


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted to announce the appointment of Tracy Westall, Public Sector Director of SCC, to its Board. Read more


GBSLEP welcomes Government HS2 extension announcement


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has today supported the Government’s planned extension of the High Speed Rail network northwards as announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Read more


GBSLEP in call for ambitious businesses with growth plans to step forward


Businesses with growth plans that need finance are being urged to come forward and tap into support on offer through the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. Read more


GBSLEP Chair responds to latest unemployment figures


The Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, today responded to ONS statistics which show unadjusted unemployment in the GBSLEP stands at 63,948 in December 2012, a rate of 7.2%. Read more


GBSLEP response to Jaguar Land Rover announcement


Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, today welcomed the news from Jaguar Land Rover about further investment in Solihull. Read more


GBSLEP Chair welcomes Regional Growth Fund Round Four announcement


The GBSLEP has today welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP, that a further £350 million is to be made available nationally in round four of the Regional Growth Fund. Read more


Greater Birmingham Project launched by Lord Heseltine

A three-month project which will seek to establish ways to place Local Enterprise Partnerships at the heart of driving economic development through enhanced powers, has been launched in Greater Birmingham. Read more

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