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Spanning the heart of the UK, the Midlands is the largest regional economy outside London. The Midlands Engine partnership represents 11 million people and 816,000 businesses — an economy worth over £246 billion per year.

Working in partnership with regional firms and public sector bodies, we focus on tackling the things that really matter in our region to drive prosperity for our communities and businesses.

Our members include 18 local authorities and the West Midlands Combined Authority, nine local enterprise partnerships and our region’s 20 world-class universities. We also work with a rapidly growing number of private sector partners, collaborating and investing together to achieve our shared aims for regional success.

Together, we make sure the Midlands voice is heard and act as a positive agent for economic, social and environmental change, to benefit every single part of our region. We do this through shared intent, collaborative investment and presenting a strong, unified voice, direct to government.

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The Observatory

The Midlands Engine Observatory is an alliance of leading academic researchers and economic and industry experts, working together to deliver the regionally focused research and analysis of our economy that our partners need, for every part of the Midlands.

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The latest data from across the Midlands

Access up-to-the-minute pan-regional data, research and expert insights via our Intelligence Hub.

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The latest data from across the Midlands

Read the latest briefings and reports from our Observatory.


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Nov 17 2022

Easier access to Midlands-specific data and research aims to help shape policy and target investment

Putting the power of real-time evidence at the fingertips of diverse private and public sector partners, including central and local Government, the Midlands Engine Observatory Intelligence Hub is a unique and vital tool for anyone working to boost economic growth and social benefit across the region.

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Mar 8 2022

New report reveals lack of women at top levels in Midlands businesses

Today [8 March], Midlands Engine Observatory releases a new report in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton: Women in Business Leadership in the Midlands. The report details barriers to success for female business leaders, as well as providing recommendations to redress existing disparities. 

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Dec 21 2021

Celebrating an incredible year of pan-regional collaboration and impact

Film released to celebrate the many collaborative achievements of our partnership in 2021.

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