Author Archives: Patrick Willcocks

How is our economy changing?

People who know me know that I am a sucker for time series graphs. They say so much more than just the plain data. Bearing that in mind…the ONS recently released latest figures on nominal GVA for each Local Enterprise Partnership area – and helpfully split the data up into broad Industrial categories – hence […]

Co-working Spaces in Birmingham

I am interested in the rise of co-working/collaborative spaces in Birmingham over the last few years. I thought it would good to produce a list of these spaces. Here it is. The Moseley Exchange¬†This was the first co-working space in Birmingham and remains popular. This sprang out of the Moseley Community Development Trust and it¬†hosts […]

How Digital is Birmingham’s Economy

The Tech Nation 2016 report has just been published recently and I thought I would take a quick look to see how it rated Birmingham and the importance of Digital to the City. This report by TechCityUK and NESTA is much better than last years one as its geography is based on travel to work […]

Economic Performance of the West Midlands

The ONS has just released sub national figures for nominal GVA and I thought it might be worthwhile looking at them. It is interesting to compare these with a picture painted at a recent talk given by Andy Street, (Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP). He was very upbeat about how there had been […]

17 million cycle trips in Birmingham a year: No way!?

A recent report from Sustrans; part of a report detailing progress and attitudes to cycling across 7 cities in the UK; reported on Birmingham. This graphic drawn from the report pulls out a few key messages. Quite impressive really – I couldn’t believe the overall figure for cycling trips. But how do we compare to […]

Birmingham’s Draft Cultural Strategy – A Brief Review

Birmingham Cultural Strategy Consultation is out. Details of it can be found on the Be Heard website. The strategy consultation finishes shortly – so get your comments in asap. Here are my thoughts – in brief. The key themes of the strategy are listed below – and actions and outcomes are noted for each theme. […]


The West Midlands Transport Plan is out for consultation currently. The consultation ends on October 16th – so there is not much time left to comment – but nevertheless I thought I would post this up to illustrate what is being planned at the West Midlands Combined Authority level THE MAIN ASPECTS OF THE PLAN […]


The Council is renewing the city’s Cultural Strategy. The previous one which can be accessed here – ran from 2010-2015. I attended a consultation event today and am sharing the information that was shared at this event. The formal consultation will happen in a few weeks time. Consultation material – here