Midlands Engine Economic Observatory

Midlands Engine Economic Observatory

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The Midlands Engine Economic Observatory (MEEO) is a partnership of leading researchers from Midlands Universities and private sector research specialists. The MEEO is a critical part of the Midlands Engine, providing evidence and intelligence that helps shape our and our partners’ policy, strategy and delivery plans.

The MEEO offers research capabilities to all partners in the Midlands. Please contact us at the Midlands Engine if you want to know more or if you’re interested in working with us to share and grow evidence and data across our region: info@midlandsengine.org

Sharing data – the Midlands Engine Economy

The MEEO produces a Quarterly Economic Commentary (QEC) which can be downloaded from this page. The QEC is a summary of the latest economic performance data and what it means for the Midlands Engine, our partners, our residents and our business community.

Underpinning the QEC is a downloadable database (download here) of the latest economic statistics and information for the Midlands and its Local Enterprise. Four QECs are published each year, all focusing on the most recent data available and interpreted for our region.

An Independent Economic Review for the Midlands

Throughout 2019, the MEEO has been working on the first ever Independent Economic Review (IER) for the Midlands Engine. This has involved an extensive investigation into the economic characteristics of our region and offers a valuable picture of our regional economic performance, highlighting key gaps, challenges and opportunities.

The IER will be completed and launched in early 2020, and is an underpinning evidence base, early work from which has informed the Midlands Engine strategy refresh. The IER will be published as a summary report supplemented by many stand-alone pieces of research, including:

  • An economic profile for each of the nine Midlands Engine LEP areas
  • An estimate of economic growth scenarios for the Midlands
  • An analysis of public sector funding across the Midlands
  • A summary of the forecast impact of Brexit on the Midlands
  • A summary of interviews with Midlands Engine based businesses on economic growth barriers and opportunities
  • The rationale for pan-Midlands interventions, referring to UK and international comparators

All outputs from the IER will be published here when completed.

Other research

Beyond the IER, the observatory will undertake further research for the Midlands Engine and partners in the future. If you would like to be involved or explore working with us, please contact info@midlandsengine.org