My introduction to the LEP over the last few months has been a real eye opener. Before I became Chair, I was aware of what the LEP was and had achieved under the leadership of Andy Street and Steve Hollis but little of what it actually did. As a partnership of the private, public and educational sectors, I’ve already seen what a difference your LEP makes to the success of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull economy.
As an active, powerful, galvanising collaboration of the private, public and academic sectors, we are working to ensure that companies across the region can thrive by removing barriers to growth and creating opportunities.
Over the last 12 months Greater Birmingham has continued to grow and thrive as the leading core city region for growth in economic output and business start-ups, with higher levels of private sector job creation than the national average and significant levels of inward investment. This growth has benefited all parts of our geography and I’ve been particularly pleased that southern Staffordshire and northern Worcestershire are growing as fast, if not faster, than our wider city-region.
Greater Birmingham and the wider West Midlands are in a strong position to take advantage of several years of success and strong investment but we are at a pivotal moment. Collectively, we need to ensure that we don’t fail to take advantage of this moment.
Solihull Town Centre is showcased at MIPIM 2017
GBSLEP appoints Sophie Drake as its first Non-Executive Director for Young people
Birmingham City Council approve plans by HS2 Ltd to redevelop historic Curzon Street station.
Birmingham’s Arena Central development in GBSLEP City Centre Enterprise Zone completes the largest pre-let to take place in the city in a decade.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area have increased by 188% since 2011.
The National College for High Speed Rail opens in Birmingham
New food and drink manufacturing training academy is established by BMet
The halfway mark was reached for GBSLEP’s 2030 job creation targets
Birmingham is named as the most improved city in PWC’s Good Growth for Cities index 2017.
The Unlocking Stalled Housing Sites Programme reaches its £7million investment milestone.
The Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) reopens following a refurbishment made possible with £2.4 million of funding from GBSLEP.
The Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre opens at the Institute for Translational Medicine.
Birmingham is the most entrepreneurial city outside of London, with 12,108 new businesses registered during 2017.
The first 20 GBSLEP Local Growth Fund projects are delivered leveraging £124 million in funding from other partners, for the region.
GBSLEP invests £1.48 million in the construction of a Dance Hub at Birmingham Hippodrome.
The GBSLEP Growth Hub launches an innovative mentoring pilot programme.
The University of Birmingham Energy Capital, and the Energy Systems Catapult unveil a report, supported by GBSLEP, calling for the creation of four pilot Energy Innovation Lines for the West Midlands.
GBSLEP has agreed with Government a £433 Growth Programme – a pipeline of capital investments that will create jobs, improve transport links, upskill our people, create houses and raise the quality of life in the region. This map shows the Local Growth Fund projects that have been approved, completed, or are in delivery in the 2017/18 financial year.
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Company: Worcestershire County Council/Wyre Forest District Council
Project: Hoobrook Link Road (South Kidderminster Enterprise Park)
Value of GBSLEP contribution through the Local Growth Fund: £4.8 million
Value of Project: £16.254 million
Company: The Prince’s Trust
Location: Cold Store, Digbeth
Project: Creation of a Young People’s Skills and Enterprise Hub
Value of GBSLEP contribution through the Local Growth Fund: £627,000
Value of Project: £2.455 million
Organisation: National College for High Speed Rail, Birmingham
Location: 2 Lister St, Birmingham, B7 4AG
Project: Delivery of a specialist, high speed rail college and training facility
Value of Local Growth Funding: £7.465 million Local Growth Fund contribution from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP in addition to the provision of land worth £4.2 million by Birmingham City Council
Total Value of Project: £26 million
Company: Solihull College & University Centre
Location: Woodlands Campus Chelmsley Wood, Solihull
Project: Centre for Advanced Aeronautical Provision, a new training and education facility
Value of Local Growth Funding: £1 million
Value of Project: £3.72 million
Company: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Project: Newhall – Expansion of premises for clinical innovation and research
Value of GBSLEP contribution through the Local Growth Fund: £2.4 million
Value of Project: £3.4 million