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Observatory

Latest data and research for our region

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The Midlands Engine Observatory is an alliance of leading academic researchers and economic and industry experts, working together to deliver the regionally focused research and analysis our partners need to inform decision making and policy creation, for every part of the Midlands.

The only pan-regional Observatory in England, it ensures that we are evidence led and that we have a deep understanding of the issues impacting the Midlands.

The Observatory is funded by the Midlands Engine and our partners – in particular, our academic partners who co-invest in all the research we produce together. Experts are drawn from the Midlands’ own universities, partner institutions and private sector organisations, maximising the vast knowledge potential of our region.

Work is overseen and guided by a Programme Board, which in turn reports to the Operating Board of the Midlands Engine, ensuring partnership decision-making is underpinned by contemporary data and emerging evidence. The work of our Observatory continues to grow in breadth and significance; a critical driver of the pan-regional work we undertake, together.

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Latest data and research

The Observatory publishes data and intelligence for the benefit of policymakers across our region, designed to ensure our partnership is kept fully iformed with a growing, robust evidence base.

Read the latest reports from the Observatory
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Midlands Engine Intelligence Hub
Instant access to contemporary data and insights

The Midlands Engine Intelligence Hub provides a single, interactive portal for a wealth of up-to-the-minute pan-regional data, research and expert insights. This unique tool can help to inform decision-making around key investments and policy formulation for economic and social benefit in the Midlands.

Key features of the Intelligence Hub include: new live and interactive data and power BI dashboards, spatial visualisations, intelligence briefings, insight pieces from regional experts, and commissioned deep-dive research.

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State of the Region Report 2021
Identifying the impact of Covid-19 and EU Exit on our region

For the first time, the State of the Region report is available online as part of a dedicated microsite. Here, users can engage with the data supporting the report presented in a suite of PowerBi dashboards, interactive maps, intelligence briefings and in-depth analysis.

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Midlands Engine Research Partnership

The Midlands Engine Research Partnership provides a forum for universities from across the Midlands to scope areas of research needed by the Midlands Engine, steer research, collaborate, secure external funding for projects and contribute to key policy reviews and strategy formulation for the Midlands Engine.

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Midlands Engine Intelligence Community

The Midlands Engine Intelligence Community (MEIC) is a forum for our valued partners to discuss and contribute to the work of the Observatory, hear updates on key research activities and share data and best practice.

If you are a data owner or engage with research and intelligence linked to any aspect of the Midlands economy, we would welcome your input to help shape the work of the Observatory and accelerate our work to grow our regional economy.

Latest News

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Health

May 24 2022

An opportunity to develop the UK supply base of the NHS

A new report commissioned by the Midlands Engine from the Manufacturing Technology Centre has identified the key company capabilities that allow businesses to transform their operations in order to successfully enter the healthcare sector and competitively deliver innovative products and services.

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May 19 2022

George Freeman MP on the fundamental role the Midlands Investment Portfolio can play in transforming the UK economy

Minister for Science, Research and Innovation speaking yesterday [18 May] on the occasion of the launch of the Midlands Investment Portfolio by Midlands Engine partners.

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Global

May 19 2022

Midlands Engine partners launch Midlands Investment Portfolio with potential to drive billions in inward investment

The Midlands Engine partnership has launched the Midlands Investment Portfolio – a ‘digital front door’ opening up investment opportunities across the region. Taken together, it is estimated these opportunities could support or create a staggering 220,000 jobs and deliver more than £33bn in Gross Development Value.

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