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Innovation in Birmingham and developing our strengths

By Professor Simon Collinson | City-REDI, University of Birmingham

Academic Comment: Innovation in Birmingham  This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide academic insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 9: Innovation of the Birmingham Economic Review, which can...

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Is immigration threatening to isolate the PM?

By Robina Shah | Optimus Law

The topic of UK immigration has never been far from the top of the news agenda since 2016’s EU Referendum result. Whether it’s the City becoming spooked about what future limitations on the free movement of EU professionals might mean, or the topic being repeatedly used to stoke ill-informed and damaging debate, immigration has long been a sure-fire way of lighting the touch paper ahead of an explosive argument. However, as we thunder through the penultimate month of 2017, the topic of immigration now threatens stability at the very heart of government. The Sun newspaper carried a report on November 8th that Theresa May faces a humiliating Commons defeat unless she removes students from the...

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Setting #BrumInMotion: Unlocking Birmingham's innovative future

By Judith Armstrong | Millennium Point

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide industry insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review.  The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 9: Innovation of the Birmingham Economic Review, which can be found here. You can read the full report...

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Divorce - the curse of social media

By Sian | Kenkre

In what seems to be a sign of the times, social media is playing a huge role in the breakdown of unhappy marriages. The rise of social media is manifesting itself in a number of ways in divorce cases. Sian Kenkre, specialist Family Law Solicitor at our Solihull office sheds some light on the issue. “As family lawyers we are finding the use of social media as an argument for unreasonable behaviour becoming more common. “Divorce and separation, as with many other aspects of our lives, was once something kept firmly behind closed doors for all but a handful of celebrities willing to share their most private battles on a public stage. Increasing numbers of ordinary couples are opting to go through...

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Impact of ethnic minority businesses in Birmingham

By Dr Catherine Harris | City-REDI, University of Birmingham

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide academic insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 8: Enterprise of the Birmingham Economic Review which can be found here. You can read the full report and...

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The real reason you should never stop learning

By Mr Chadd Blunt | Millennium Cargo Services Ltd

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of meeting two incredible people, Sir Clive Woodward and Debra Searle. Both hugely successful in their own right, with some of the most inspiring stories and invaluable advice. I took two whole days out of my schedule to go and hear them speak. Now, if you know me then you’ll know that I’m a very busy man. My time is precious and I use it very carefully. So why would I spend two days sitting in a conference, listening to a former rugby union coach and a woman who solo-sailed across the Atlantic, when I’m in the cargo industry? Am I taking up rugby? Perhaps I’m planning a solo-sailing expedition? Nope. You see, I’m a big believer in self-development....

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Enterprise in Birmingham

By Professor Kiran Trehan | University of Birmingham

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide academic insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. This post is featured in Chapter 8: Enterprise of the Birmingham Economic Review which can be found here. You can read the full report and...

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Would you agree a £200m contract orally? Of course not!

By Sundeep Bilkhu | Sydney Mitchell LLP

If important agreements are not enshrined in professionally drafted contracts, it can be an uphill task to prove that an accord was ever actually reached. That was certainly so in one case concerning the £200 million refinancing of a hotel group. Over drinks in the bar of a luxury hotel owned by the group, its managing director had met with two representatives of a company that specialised in finding sources of finance. The chairman was alleged to have orally agreed during that meeting that the group would pay a 1 per cent success fee in the event of the company successfully introducing an appropriate lender. The company claimed to have effected such an introduction that resulted in a £200...

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What freelancers worry about before taking the leap

By Richard Ingledew | My Accountant Friend

As you’ll see if you take a look around our website, we’re fairly passionate about the freelance lifestyle. Whether you’re a creative freelancer, a project manager, a contractor or a small business owner, we love keeping you well-informed on ways to make the most of your chosen way to make a living. We’ve been running the My Accountant Friend blog, The Life Hub, now for two and a half years. During that time we’ve run all kinds of surveys with our readers. These are a great way of helping someone new to the freelance lifestyle understand what they need to prepare for.  This week, to save you having to scrape through the 100+ articles we have on our blog, we thought we’d gather together a...

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Calling all wantrepreneurs

By Cliff Dennett | Innovation Birmingham Ltd.

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to provide industry insight on the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2017 is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, with contributions from the West Midlands Growth Company. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high quality resource for organisations seeking to understand Birmingham to inform research, policy or investment decisions. Click here to read the Review. A respected American investor, Ben Horowitz, once said “As a start-up CEO, I slept like a baby. I woke up...

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