The Greater Birmingham Project
‘No Stone Unturned’
In March 2012, the Prime Minister asked former Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine of Thenford, to report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Business as to how wealth might be more effectively created in the UK. The Chancellor announced the terms of the review on March 21 2012 and offered the support of a cross departmental team of officials to assist in the task.
The result was ‘No Stone Unturned’ – a report report with a national scope that included 89 recommendations by Lord Heseltine and focused on the way that changes in Government organisation and funding could be beneficial to driving localised growth, particularly in the cities.
The report was launched at Birmingham’s Town Hall on October 2012 with GBSLEP Chair Andy Street and Birmingham City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore joining Lord Heseltine to outline the report. The document received significant support from the business community and, in particular, Local Enterprise Partnerships, which were identified as powerful drivers of economic growth in the report.
The Greater Birmingham Project
Following the launch at Birmingham’s Town Hall, the GBSLEP approached Lord Heseltine and asked him if they could work together to explore the opportunities that could arise in Greater Birmingham and Solihull if the economic recommendations in ‘No Stone Unturned’ were implemented.
The Prime Minister gave his support to the project, saying that he was delighted that business and civic leaders wanted to come together to consider and plan the economic and commercial future of the region in light of Lord Heseltine’s report.
A launch event for the Greater Birmingham Project was held on January 3 2013. Stakeholders from across the public and private sectors attended to hear Lord Heseltine, Greg Clark MP, Minister for Cities, Sir Albert Bore and Andy Street outline the aims of the project.
A Steering Group was established to lead the Project, comprising of LEP Board Directors, political representation from across the three main parties and eminent business leaders. A Core Executive group was also formed to undertake work as instructed by the Steering Group. This included representatives from local and national government, academia and business.
A series of workstreams were established to focus on the key themes of the report. They were based on the chapters of ‘No Stone Unturned’ and drew on the knowledge, skills and experience of a wide variety of stakeholders from across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
The Greater Birmingham Project: The Path to Local Growth
On March 17 2013, in advance of the Chancellor’s Budget, Lord Heseltine presented the results of his work with stakeholders in Greater Birmingham.
This report, the Greater Birmingham Project: The Path To Local Growth outlined how the GBSLEP would take forward the proposals contained in ‘No Stone Unturned’.
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