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Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Textiles
Textiles clusters across the Midlands Engine are made up almost entirely (98%) of domestically owned SMEs, with a handful of larger strategic companies, a higher proportion of which are foreign owned enterprises. There is a strong HE and FE graduate pipeline across manufacturing and the creative arts of some ~30,000 per year, and the region performs well in retaining this talent, with 97.2% of graduates still working in the region after 3 years.
Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Digital Creative
There are a number of organically formed digital creative & video game clusters across the Midlands Engine. Although the area underperforms for foreign investment, the share of domestic investment is disproportionately high in the West Midlands.
Regional Economic Impact Monitor: Edition 41
The September edition of the Monitor is published at a time of important economic measurements and announcements in the UK. The Bank of England has ended a run of interest rate hikes, Consumer Price Inflation is down and potentially the UK economy made a stronger recovery during Covid-19 at the end of 2021. Despite this, the Monitor highlights the current reality for many Midlands businesses and communities remains problematic. This Monitor also has a dedicated section on key clusters in the Midlands Engine area as well as a substantial labour market update
Midlands Engine Cluster Snapshot: Food and Drink
Advanced Manufacturing of Food & Drink is a major pan-regional cluster with significant local clusters across Greater Lincolnshire, the West Midlands Combined Authority area, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham.
Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Extractive Industries
Smaller than other clusters in both number of businesses and employees, clustering in extractive industries is predominantly found in Derbyshire, with related business activity (such as offices) recorded across the Midlands
Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Connected Device Technology
From 5G and Industry 4.0 to applied connected and automated mobility (CAM), connected device technology is a pan-regional specialism with clusters of business, talent and innovation in the Midlands Engine.
Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Advanced Manufacturing – Automotive
Automotive Advanced Manufacturing clusters heavily around the West Midlands, as well as in South Derbyshire. With major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda and Toyota UK based in the region, there are significant supply chains of some 1,457 companies in the region - critical company representation throughout all tiers of production.
Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Ceramics, Materials & Metals
From metals in the Black Country to ceramics around Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and composites in Lincolnshire, this pan-regional specialism has a number of distinct but related clusters across the Midlands Engine.
Midlands Cluster Snapshot: Net Zero Transport Technology
Cutting across the Advanced Manufacturing clusters is a focus on Net Zero Transport Technologies - a truly pan-regional cluster with regional networks and initiatives to drive innovation framed by the national Net Zero strategy.
Regional Economic Impact Monitor: Edition 38
The May edition of the monitor reflects on the continued challenges for the region related to inflation and interest rates, albeit with the former now falling. The monitor also highlights opportunities for the Midlands, particularly in terms of growth and investment within certain clusters and parts of the economy.
Exploring the Investment Potential of Midlands Clusters
This report, Exploring the Investment Potential of Midlands Clusters, has been produced by the Midlands Engine Partnership to launch a new programme of analysis, engagement and policy development focused on supporting our regional partners, businesses, and the UK Government to better understand and develop clusters across the Midlands.