Inclusive Growth Unit

Inclusive growth comes from organisations working together to transform peoples' lives by developing new ways of positive change in communities. We are committed to promoting inclusive growth across the West Midlands that all of our residents and communities can benefit from. 

As a result we are establishing an Inclusive Growth Unit to be the engine that drives this ambition.  Blending analysis, policy advice and practical action, the unit will promote inclusive growth outcomes with our Industrial Strategy and Public Service Reform programme across the range of our activities.

The unit is a collaboration across different sectors of the economy and society blending academic rigour and citizen insight.  We aim to make this unit the leading example of city-regional working towards inclusive growth goals.  This is reflected in the quality of our current partners (below) who lead the agenda nationally and who are committed to making a difference in the West Midlands.

Initial activities will include: 

  • A West Midlands Inclusive Growth Audit - a regular publication which will give a picture of the region around the inclusivity of jobs, skills and growth outcomes
  • A citizen engagement programme - ensuring the voice of local people is at the heart of the WMCA’s vision for inclusive growth
  • The establishment of a Population Hub – led by Public Health England, this will provide a state-of-the-art data dashboard of population health plus social and economic analysis to underpin preventative investment
  • A commitment to ensure inclusive growth is at the heart of the Local Industrial Strategy that the West Midlands has been selected as a trailblazer to develop with Government
  • The development of a West Midlands Inclusive Growth Toolkit - giving the ability to analyse and shape spending and investment decisions to generate inclusive growth
  • Supporting next steps of the West Midlands Leadership Commission, and the WMCA’s drive to support an inclusive digital agenda

We are developing an inclusive growth agenda for the West Midlands that is itself open and inclusive, including a programme of work engaging with citizens and a range of initiatives working with our local authority, business and public service partners. 

For more information on the unit and find out about how you could get involved, please contact inclusivegrowthunit@wmca.org.uk 

Our partners are:

Barrow Cadbury Trust
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Public Health England
Centre for Progressive Policy
City REDI (University of Birmingham)
Metro-Dynamics
Black Country Consortium
West Midlands Growth Company