Powering the Midlands engine

What can places across the Midlands do to improve local rates of productivity and prosperity?

Most countries have an unequal distribution of economic activity geographically, but Britain is unusual in how large this disparity is. A central goal of the Government’s Industrial Strategy is to use increased local control as a lever to reduce this disparity, letting local communities decide for themselves how they can best boost their productivity performance.

In this report, we use the Midlands region as a case study of the different approaches a Local Industrial Strategy might take in tackling its productivity challenges. While every area is different, the same tensions and common themes are likely to reoccur across the UK.

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