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Midlands Productivity Forum

The central belt of England is home to 11 million people, with a strong advanced manufacturing and engineering base. The West Midlands features a large number of industrial cities, including Birmingham, England’s second city, while the East Midlands has some of the country’s most arable lands. However, per-head Gross Value Added (GVA) is one of the lowest in the UK, reflecting higher than national average unemployment and lower than average skills levels and investment in the region.

The Midlands’ England’s Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues

Find out more about the historic context, key issues and future research priorities of productivity in the Midlands in our insights paper, which sits alongside an executive summary: a high-level overview highlighting its productivity picture, including a scattergraph showing the disparities on a NUTS3 level in comparison with the UK average, the primary drivers and bottlenecks, a SWOT analysis and a look to the future.

Insights Paper
Executive Summary

Key Contacts

Professor Nigel Driffield

Midlands Forum Lead
University of Warwick

Jonathan Duck

Midlands Forum Chair
Amtico

Andrew Todd

Midlands Forum Contact
University of Warwick
andrew.todd@warwick.ac.uk

Michelle Davies

TPI Business Engagement Lead
The Productivity Institute
michelle.davies-3@manchester.ac.uk

Committee

Delma Dwight

Black County LEP and Midlands Engine

Ewa Bloch

Innovate UK

Greg McDonald

Good Fish Group

Hilary Smyth-Allen

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Lee Barron

Trades Union Congress

Louise Bennett

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Mark Gregory

EY

Matt Dhillon

Lear

Paula Deas

Coventry City Council

Professor Chris Warhurst

University of Warwick

Professor Jan Godsell

Loughborough University School of Business and Economics

Professor Mark Hart

Aston University

Richard Evans

Mechatronic

Terence Hogarth

University of Warwick

Tara Baker

KUKA UK

Carl Arntzen

Bosch

Fiona Aldridge

West Midlands Combined Authority

Nick Glover

West Midlands Growth Company

Francois Levert

Michelin

James Stephens

Aston Martin

Nicola Cox

Coventry & Warwickshire LEP

Insights

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