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West Midlands Plan for Growth

Primary Clusters

Eight existing clusters fit the profile of delivering high value differential growth where the West Midlands has comparative advantage, business confidence and further market opportunity. The clusters are illustrated on page 8 according to their growth potential in the West Midlands, the extent of regional strength, and current employment and wage levels.

A review of opportunities, strengths and gaps across these clusters identified a set of six cross-cutting interventions that would, when tailored to the commercial circumstances of each cluster, deliver combined differential growth of between £2.9 billion to £3.2 billion of GVA and between 40,300 and 44,800 jobs. Achieving this would bring growth in the West Midlands to just ahead of the UK average by 2030. More detail about the interventions to overcome barriers to growth is summarised in section 2.