Strategic leadership in a creative economy

Creative Clusters is an independent policy conference in Glasgow (17-20 November 2008) that will examine the growth of the creative economy.

This seems like a timely event to bring together those working – not just within the creative industries – but also in initiatives to encourage creativity as a driver for businesses.

One such initiative in Birmingham is Creative Republic, who hosted a discussion on how Birmingham’s creative industries can have a role in the Big City Plan.

One of the themes at the Creative Clusters conference is strategic leadership in the creative economy, asking “in a sector built equally upon input from business, culture and technology, who provides policy leadership?”

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Local Area Agreements: The next generation

In June 2008, 150 new Local Area Agreements (LAA) were signed off by central government. A Local Area Agreement is a three year agreement, based on local Sustainable Community Strategies, that sets out the priorities for a local area.

The 14 strategic authorities in the West Midlands each have a Local Area Agreement.

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Population estimates in the West Midlands

The Office for National Statistics released the 2007 mid year population estimates and 2006 mid year population estimates by ethnic group at Government Office Region level and down to Local Authority District level last week.

Data for the total population is available by five year age bands and broad age group (children, working age, and older people), and can also be split by sex. The ethnicity data can only be split by sex and broad age group.

This data has been incorporated into our 2008 State of the Region demographic dataset (XLS, 2.9MB) and the mid year estimates InstantAtlas maps by region and local authority.

Headline figures for the West Midlands show that in line with national trends the working age population has increased by 3,000, whereas the number of children has decreased by 6,000 since 2006.

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Mapping waste in the food industry

New research jointly published by DEFRA and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), Mapping waste in the food industry, assesses the amount of waste produced in the food industry.

The research, which was carried out by Oakdene Hollins, assessed member sites of the FDF with Shropshire sites producing the greatest quantity of food waste in 2006 (100,780 tonnes), which accounted for over 15% of the UK total.

Shropshire also had the highest volume of waste sent to landfill in the region according to the report at 5,827 tonnes although Scotland and Lincolnshire were considerably larger at over 13,000 tonnes each. Continue reading

NESTA Regional Innovation Index: call for ideas

The West Midlands Regional Observatory has begun a 3-year programme of research to support the work of the regional Innovation Technology Council.

One of our first contributions is to the call for ideas as part of the new Regional Innovation Index projects. Full details of the NESTA call for ideas are on www.innovationindex.org.uk or download the full paper (PDF, 134KB).

We would like to hear suggestions, will coordinate the responses and submit a synthesis of responses.

If you’d like to respond to all or some of the questions please either post your comments or alternatively email me at brian.macaulay@wmro.org.

The deadline for formal contributions is 5pm, Friday 12th September 2008. We’ll be collating regional responses in the days before, so contributions will need to be submitted to us by the end of Wednesday 10th September 2008.

Sponsorship opportunities at the WMRO Annual Conference 2008: an update

The sponsorship opportunities available at this year’s annual conference are proving to be very popular. Exhibition stands from Geowise, ESRI UK and Renewal Magazine are confirmed with Renewal magazine also sponsoring the sustainable communities workshop and the Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration at Coventry University inserting flyers into delegate packs. Other companies are set to confirm in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading

Sponsorship opportunities at the WMRO Annual Conference 2008

Our 2008 Annual Conference will be held on Monday 13th October 2008 in Coventry and gives organisations the opportunity to raise their business profile amongst the key decision makers in the data, intelligence and research community within the West Midlands.

This year, the conference has again attracted several high profile speakers, including Liam Byrne, who will be launching the new State of the Region synthesis report Ian Austin MP, the new Minister for the West Midlands.

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