State of the Region 2020

Welcome to State of the Region 2020 – the fourth annual review of performance across the West Midlands. In this edition we had already begun the process of moving to a wider analysis focussing on alignment to monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This report is written on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority and all its partners, it should be seen as a stocktake of where the region stands, it’s a snapshot on where we are doing well and where we need to work together to improve the region. But this year it is produced in extraordinary circumstances it’s a call to action for everyone invested in the West Midlands. It is important to note this report was written in June 2020 and that some of the data included changes on a weekly basis. Latest data will be found in the weekly monitors as circumstances unfold.

It endeavours to be an honest reflection of the current regional condition, highlighting the challenges we face. However, we are not attempting to suggest what the solutions are; this lies within strategies and action plans the WMCA and partners own and deliver. It highlights how we are driving our evidence base for the future and continuing to build our understanding of the performance of the region. There are challenges to understanding this performance and how we change places for the better, not least understanding the causation and causality between action, output and outcomes. This document provides a balanced approach to regional monitoring and a useful tool understand the progress we are making through our combined action.

Read the report on the WMCA website

Blogs

Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Area – a Profile

3 February 2021

Dr Abigail Taylor provides an economic snapshot of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP area following the five foundations of the Industrial Strategy: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place.

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The Black Country LEP Area – A Profile

20 January 2021

Dr Abigail Taylor provides an economic snapshot of the Black Country LEP area following the five foundations of the Industrial Strategy: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place.

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The Birmingham and Solihull LEP Area – A Profile

14 January 2021

Dr Abigail Taylor provides an economic snapshot of the Birmingham and Solihull LEP area following the five foundations of the Industrial Strategy: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place.

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The Economic Geography of the West Midlands

6 January 2021

In this excerpt from the State of the Region report, Professor Anne Green talks about the economic geography of the West Midlands, its history, Travel-To-Work Areas (TTWAs) and the impact of COVID-19 on the area. 

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The West Midlands – State of the Region 2020

3 December 2020

Rebecca Riley provides a summary of the State of the Nation report, which provides an in-depth look at West Midlands, it’s past performance, the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit and what the future might hold. The report was developed and supported by the WM REDI partnership to help deepen our knowledge and understanding of the region.

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Regional Assets and COVID-19 Impacts

26 August 2020

This blog is based on a review of assets carried out as part of the Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review and the development of LEP profiles. We have also looked at what the major risks are to those assets going forward. Full details will be published in the upcoming State of the Region 2020 which should be released soon.

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