Greater Birmingham & Solihull contains a population of nearly two million, and is home to a million jobs and an economy worth £40 billion. It enjoys a concentration of economic drivers second only to London, making its success key to the fortunes of the UK economy as a whole.
The LEP area constitutes a dynamic, functional economy. From travel to work patterns to shared economic assets and business linkages, the lives and fortunes of the people and institutions of the area are inextricably linked. There are high levels of travel to work within the area, across district boundaries, with large numbers of higher skilled employees living outside the Metropolitan Core.
Birmingham and Solihull Metropolitan Core
The core area of Birmingham and Solihull has a population of 1.3 million and contains many of the economic drivers of the conurbation such as the airport in Solihull, Birmingham city centre, a number of major universities and international meeting places.
Southern Staffordshire comprises four local authority areas to the north: Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire (based upon Burton and Uttoxeter). It has a population of 390,000 with considerable numbers commuting to and from Birmingham. There is an area of some 20–40km outside the urban conurbation, which has been identified as an area with significant potential for sustainable, knowledge-based economic growth.
North Worcestershire comprises three local authority areas to the south: Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest (based upon Kidderminster). It has a population of over 275,000 and has a similar relationship to Birmingham and Solihull as that of Southern Staffordshire. There is considerable commuting into Birmingham and Solihull, but also commuting out
from the core city.
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