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.