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Supporting Sustainable Economic Growth in the West Midlands

Supporting Sustainable Economic Growth in the West Midlands

Naomi Clayton with Neil Lee
01 July 2009

The West Midlands region has not grown as strongly as other UK regions over the last ten years: the region’s economic productivity has declined against the national average and employment in the private sector has fallen. To achieve its ambitious vision "to be a global centre where people and businesses choose to connect", it is increasingly important to understand how the global economy has changed, what the impact of this has been upon the West Midlands, and how sustainable economic growth can be enabled in the future. This project has sought to contribute to this understanding by reviewing the region’s economic geography and its knowledge economy and analysing the factors that have driven economic growth and are likely to enable sustainable growth during the recession and recovery.

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