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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
One 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
The 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.
CONTRACTOR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SOLIHULL COUNCIL RE NEW A45 BRIDGE IN SOLIHULL
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 Lesley.Edwards@birmingham.gov.uk or centreforenterprise.com. Read the full media release here.
Positive trend continues as JSA claimant rate in Greater Birmingham decreases faster than the national rate
Following 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
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.
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
A 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership will be holding its Annual Conference at Villa Park on Wednesday June 26.
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
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
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’ (www.talktoreg.co.uk), 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
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
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- Greater Birmingham & Solihull – European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) Introduction - January 16, 2017 - 0 comments
- September 2016 Board Meeting round-up - October 13, 2016 - 0 comments
- A Greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain - July 29, 2016 - 0 comments
- July 2016 Board update - July 28, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet our Board Directors – Saqib Bhatti - July 28, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet the Executive Team – Ian McLaughlan - July 27, 2016 - 0 comments
- Disruption is a time of opportunity - July 26, 2016 - 0 comments
- Business Growth Programme Launched - July 6, 2016 - 0 comments
- West Midlands businesses in box-seat for HS2 opportunities - July 6, 2016 - 0 comments
- Annual Conference Round Up - June 30, 2016 - 0 comments
- Deputy Chair For Deliver appointed - June 30, 2016 - 0 comments
- GBSLEP response to the outcome of the EU Referendum - June 30, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet the Board Directors – Andrew Cleaves - June 30, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet the Executive Team – Maria Lopez - June 30, 2016 - 0 comments
- June 2016 Board update - June 30, 2016 - 0 comments
- £47 million investment makes its mark on Greater Birmingham - June 17, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet the Executive Team – Katie Judge - May 24, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet the Board Anita Bhalla - May 24, 2016 - 0 comments
- Construction underway on new 100,000 sqft Cannock development - May 13, 2016 - 0 comments
- BBC announcement of further investment in Birmingham welcomed - May 12, 2016 - 0 comments
- Construction starts on National College for High Speed Rail - May 10, 2016 - 0 comments
- New Engineering Centre of Excellence to open in Redditch - May 9, 2016 - 0 comments
- Chamber award for Chair Andy Street - April 29, 2016 - 0 comments
- Annual Conference 2016 - April 28, 2016 - 0 comments
- Meet the Executive Team – Tom Fletcher - April 28, 2016 - 0 comments
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