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November 2013

Government announces £4 million package to help tackle youth unemployment in Greater Birmingham

Greater Birmingham is to receive £4 million of Government funding to help unemployed 18-24 year olds into jobs and apprenticeships.

The funding will be used by the GBSLEP to help young unemployed people to benefit from job growth in the area.

The package of support will provide an employment support and job-matching package for young unemployed residents across the LEP area where a total of 14,375 18-24 year olds are claiming Job Seekers Allowance – a rate of 7.1%.

A large focus of this will be on the new jobs associated with growth sectors – particularly in manufacturing.

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GSBLEP welcomes BBC commitment to Birmingham’s digital future

BBC logoThe announcement by the BBC of the first phase of a new vision for the Corporation in Birmingham, focused around digital content and production has been welcomed by leaders in Greater Birmingham.

The announcement marks the start of efforts by the BBC to establish Birmingham as a digital hub with significant benefits in terms of skills development and job creation.

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HS2 Phase One Hybrid Bill an ‘important milestone’ on journey to high speed network

The publication of the vital HS2 Phase One Hybrid Bill by the Government has been endorsed by the GBSLEP.

And the GBSLEP has urged Government to accelerate the delivery of the project to enable Greater

Birmingham to enjoy the benefits of the scheme even sooner. Read more >

Red Carpet becomes first completed Growing Places project in GBSLEP

red carpetA two-screen independent cinema and café bar is now open for business after becoming the first project to be completed through the GBSLEP Growing Places Fund.

The Red Carpet Cinema & Café Bar at Barton Marina near Barton-under-Needwood was the brainchild of Kate and Ian Silverwood who had a dream to open a small cinema and eatery under one roof.

The project was supported by the GBSLEP through the Growing Places Fund which is available to businesses to kick start development projects which are unable to proceed because of difficulties accessing finance. Read more >


steve hollisGBSLEP Blog

Steve Hollis, Deputy Chairman of the GBSLEP, looks at the progress being made towards the development of a Strategic Economic Plan for Greater Birmingham. Read more >