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About our partnership

Powering prosperity in every part of our region

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As the UK’s largest regional economy outside London, the Midlands is home to a sixth of the UK population and spans 10,629 square miles of significant and varied geography.

The role of the Midlands Engine is to connect, champion and amplify, supporting our partners to work together to pursue shared ambitions and to add value.

The Midlands Engine is a pan-regional, apolitical partnership that convenes, connects and acts as a focal point to drive economic growth – for the greater benefit of our people, places and businesses. This shared aim of greater prosperity is what unites us and what directs our work, in collaborattion.
To achieve positive change, we focus our efforts in those areas that data and evidence tell us have the greatest potential for impact. Together, we make sure the Midlands voice is heard, championing our region through our shared intent, collaborative investment and a unified voice, direct to government.
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Midlands Engine Observatory

Our Observatory gathers data and intelligence, shapes policy insights and helps target investment for recovery and growth in our region. It is the only pan-regional observatory in England. Supported by academic researchers and leading economic and industry experts, the Observatory runs a programme of in-depth research projects, ensuring that our partnership is kept fully informed with a growing, robust evidence bade.

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Economic Opportunities

Jan 26 2023

Professor Driffield: Foreign Direct Investment and the West Midlands

Nigel Driffield is a Professor of International Business and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Regional Engagement) at the University of Warwick. Prof. Driffield's work enables a region to understand the motivations behind firms investing in the area, thus supporting the region to understand its competitive position when seeking to attract such investment.

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Manufacturing

Jan 24 2023

Midlands manufacturing strengths make region key to increasing UK’s productivity

A new study from the Centre for Social Justice – Making the change: A plan to reboot British manufacturing and restore growth – says a revival of the manufacturing industry in the UK is essential if the government is to achieve its flagship ambition of ‘levelling up’ the poorest parts of the country. As the UK’s manufacturing heartland, this could put the Midlands at the forefront of the nation’s economic recovery.   

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Transport

Jan 24 2023

MPs gather in Westminster to rally behind A50/A500 road improvements

Roundtable to be held today (Tuesday 24th January) at 5.00pm in Parliament

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