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Spanning the heart of the UK, the Midlands is the largest regional economy outside London. The Midlands Engine partnership represents 11 million people and 816,000 businesses — an economy worth over £246 billion per year.

Working in partnership with regional firms and public sector bodies, we focus on tackling the things that really matter in our region to drive prosperity for our communities and businesses.

Our members include 18 local authorities and the West Midlands Combined Authority, nine local enterprise partnerships and our region’s 20 world-class universities. We also work with a rapidly growing number of private sector partners, collaborating and investing together to achieve our shared aims for regional success.

Together, we make sure the Midlands voice is heard and act as a positive agent for economic, social and environmental change, to benefit every single part of our region. We do this through shared intent, collaborative investment and presenting a strong, unified voice, direct to government.

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The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands, helping to realise our region’s potential to boost economic growth through enterprise.

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the MEIF provides commercially focussed finance through small business loans, debt finance, proof of concept, and equity finance funds.

It is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the Midlands region.

MEIF provides over £300m of investment to boost small and medium business (SME) growth in the Midlands.

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Supporting workplace mental health across the Midlands

The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot collaborates with a range of partners to provide an evidence-informed, cost-effective and sustainable resource that supports mental wellbeing at work, reduces the stigma associated with poor mental health and aims to increase productivity.

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The latest data from across the Midlands

Access up-to-the-minute pan-regional data, research and expert insights via our Intelligence Hub.

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