Posted on 28 October 2008 by Stewart Meikle
Business support services such as Business Link, Manufacturing Advisory Service and Train to Gain are an important part of the assistance offered to business to help them start, grow and prosper.
The last three years have seen significant changes in the way this support has been organised and delivered and the time is now right to evaluate how things are working out and what changes might be beneficial.
The way in which these services are delivered varies from region to region, so each region is evaluating their services differently. Here in the West Midlands, the Observatory has been asked to manage the research and analysis part of the evaluation. The work is being done speedily and will complete by the end of November.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Enterprise, Research, West Midlands | Tagged: Business Link, business support, Manufacturing Advisory Service, MAS, Train to Gain | Leave a comment »
Posted on 24 October 2008 by Oliver Nicholls
The Observatory’s State of the Region Report will feature on the regional section of the BBC’s Politics Show this Sunday (26th Oct 08). The programme starts at 12pm on BBC1. Hope you get chance to watch.
ADDED 28/10/08: The article can be viewed on the BBC’s iplayer. The Observatory features about 43 minutes in and will be available until next Sunday (02/11/08).
Filed under: Skills, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory | Tagged: bbc, Ian Austin, Learning & Skills Council, Mike Bell, Observatory, Politics Show, qualifications, Skills, State of the Region, West Midlands | Leave a comment »
Posted on 22 October 2008 by Gavin Wray
At our recent Annual Conference there were four printed briefing papers on the Observatory booth. These briefing papers introduce four key current and forthcoming research projects.
If you didn’t get a copy, the briefings are available to download below:
Filed under: Annual Conference, Economic inclusion, Enterprise, Population, Research, Skills, Sustainable development, West Midlands | Tagged: Annual Conference, Research, West Midlands Regional Observatory | Leave a comment »
Posted on 21 October 2008 by John Walker
The Environment Minister, Jane Kennedy, today announced plans for size ‘Zero Waste Places’ and amongst them was the West Midlands.
Under the new plans, the West Midlands will create a Zero Waste Region, focusing on businesses and organisations that produce a large quantity of waste, identifying region-wide waste infrastructure needs, improving cooperation and cutting business waste right across the region.
Filed under: Sustainable development, West Midlands | Tagged: environment, Sustainable development, waste, zero waste places | Leave a comment »
Posted on 17 October 2008 by Lauren Amery
October has been an important month for colleagues at the West Midlands Regional Observatory.
Not only was the State of the Region Report 2008 launched, along with the Regional Integrated Economic Assessment, the Observatory held its annual conference, attracting a good cross-section of the region’s key thinkers and policy-makers. In all three cases, the importance of culture, particularly to the region’s economy, was highlighted.
Filed under: Annual Conference, Cultural Observatory, culture, Innovation, West Midlands | Tagged: Annual Conference, Cultural Observatory, cultural research, culture, Innovation, NESTA, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory, WMRO | Leave a comment »