Historically, the West Midlands was the “workshop of the world”.

Now the challenge is to become the engine of the British economy, driving jobs, prosperity and economic growth. The ambition for the West Midlands is to help rebalance the UK economy, closing the £16bn output gap, and leading the Midlands Engine.

In order to do this the WMCA needs to work together across geographic boundaries and sectors. The Leaders of the seven metropolitan councils of the West Midlands believe a Combined Authority – where every council works in equal partnership alongside our Local Enterprise Partnerships – will establish a robust framework which will deliver the co-ordinated decision-making needed for modern economic governance...