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The Midlands Engine is here
The Midlands Engine is here
The Midlands Engine is here

The Midlands Engine is the heartbeat of Britain’s economy

The Midlands Engine is a coalition of Councils, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), Universities and businesses across the region, actively working with Government to build a collective identity, to enable us to present the Midlands as a competitive and compelling offer that is attractive at home and overseas.

Our partnership is about additionality, complementing the work of our partners to generate added value, at scale – right across the Midlands.

Home to over 10 million people and 800,000 large and small businesses, the Midlands has huge potential and the Partnership is focused on its global success – and this in turn will deliver an enhanced quality of life for our citizens and communities.

Our Vision for Growth sets out our five priority areas of focus to ensure the Midlands drives the UK economy:

  • Connecting the Midlands through maximising new technologies to deliver a radical transformation of the Midlands transport network
  • Tackling the mismatch between business skills needs and the skill levels of Midlands residents
  • Growing International Trade and Investment in existing and new markets
  • Increasing Innovation and Enterprise, creating an environment where our science and innovation strengths can be maximised
  • And, Shaping Great Places by promoting the Midlands as a great place to live, visit, learn and work.
Midlands Engine

The Midlands needs better connectivity to succeed on the world stage. As the transport pillar of the Midlands Engine, Midlands Connect’s landmark 25-year transport strategy makes the case for the improvements the region needs to thrive
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The Midlands Engine will help to drive up business innovation and improve productivity and competitiveness. Our universities and businesses will work together to bring forward innovations that support our key sectors and their supply chains
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Midlands Engine

We will help improve the ability for businesses to access the right skills, and our people to obtain those skills – to improve the opportunities and quality of life for the people of the Midlands.
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International Trade & Investment

We will work with the region’s businesses and international partners to raise awareness of the Midlands Engine and develop new areas for collaboration to secure maximum benefits for the region.
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We want to promote our region as a great place to live, visit, learn and work, attracting more businesses, investment and tourists.
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The Midlands Engine is backed by business and government leaders, who are proud to celebrate the region.

I believe we are now ready to very clearly and very loudly speak with one united voice on the world’s stage – The Midlands is the beating heart of UK manufacturing, we are the beating heart of the country and the home to global iconic businesses, we are a magnet for investment and we can deliver results which can drive forward the UK economy.

Sir John Peace – Midlands Engine Chairman

Theresa May

The industrial strategy for the United Kingdom .. is an important part of the Government’s plan for the future. That is looking at issues like infrastructure, like skills, ensuring that we can build on the best, and encourage the growth that we need for the economy of the future. The Midlands Engine .. will be an important part of the growth for the future.

Theresa May MP – Prime Minister

A thriving Midlands region is essential to building an economy which works for everyone.  I am delighted to be the Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine and to act as its advocate across government, supporting the Partnership to make the Midlands an even better place to live, work, study and do business.

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

Latest News

Midlands Engine award £6.8 million funding to support employee mental health and increased productivity

Midlands Engine are delighted to announce during Mental Health week its intention to award £6.8 million in funding to a partnership of Midlands organisations for a three-year programme of work to address the impact mental health in the workplace has on productivity.

The Midlands is the Place to be for Rail Business Investment

The Midlands Engine supported by the Rail Alliance BCRRE are hosting an event at Railtex 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 15 May – “Promoting Global Excellence in Rail” which will showcase the region’s growing rail cluster and why companies are choosing to base operating and manufacturing facilities in the Midlands Region.

Birmingham 2022 appoints Martin Green CBE as Chief Creative Officer

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has appointed Martin Green CBE as its Chief Creative Officer, a role that will give him ultimate responsibility for the official opening and closing ceremonies and the wider cultural programme for the Games.