Independent Economic Review

The main purpose of the Independent Economic Review is to generate evidence and insight that will help raise the productivity of the Midlands and in the process narrow the performance gap with the rest of the country.

It will need to reflect the Midlands’ distinctive competitive strengths and opportunities nationally and internationally and the region’s contribution towards wider national policy imperatives including the Industrial Strategy.

The IER will:

  • Deliver a robust, intelligent and insightful evidence base across the Midlands Engine geography
  • Provide a credible and convincing pan Midlands economic narrative to support the development of a suite of investment priorities designed to raise the Midlands’ productivity performance
  • Complement, build-on and add value to the extensive evidence base already available
  • Be forward-looking and outward-facing with challenges such as Brexit on the horizon