EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Commerce Cluster in Birmingham

21 Oct, 2016
    • United Kingdom
  • Organisation size

    1000+

  • Establishment size

    1000+

  • Type of restructuring
    • Business expansion
  • Ownership
    • Private
  • Sectors
    • WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE; REPAIR OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES
  • Involved actors

    • Trade union
    • Regional/local government
    • Business partners/supply chain
    • Education/training provider
  • Anticipation of change activities
    • Strategic long-term monitoring of individual organisations economic and financial situation
    • Establishment of networks/partnerships with regular exchange facilities
    • Continuous mapping of jobs and skills needs - Elaboration of training plans
Birmingham is the regional capital of the West Midlands, which has a population of 5.3 million, a workforce of nearly 2.5 million and a client base of 182,000 companies. The city of Birmingham has a population of just over 1 million people. As a region, the gross value added (GVA) for the West Midlands is over ₤61.5 billion, while the GVA for Birmingham is ₤11.8 billion. Birmingham’s reputation as the powerhouse of the United Kingdom’s manufacturing sector was shaped in the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. Traditional industries such as automotive and engineering remain a crucial part of the region’s success, but today, through a period of diversification, Birmingham has become a focal point for the development of knowledge-based industries, telecommunications and information technology.
 
keywords
  • Regional aspects
  • Clusters/Networks/Supply chains