Make Midlands the UK’s enterprise and engineering capital – News from Liam Byrne MP

by Liam Byrne | 14.10.15 | in: Communities, Constituency news, Equality, Hodge Hill, Local campaigns, Public services | Tags:

 

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News from Liam Byrne MP                                                                                       14/10/2015

Make Midlands the UK’s enterprise and engineering capital – Byrne

 

Liam Byrne will today call for the Government to hand powers to the West Midlands to become the country’s enterprise and engineering capital – but ask the government to show flexibility on demanding a metro-mayor

 

Byrne will highlight figures that show the number of high tech jobs has fallen in the region by over 2,000 (between 2009 and 2013 – latest figures available) while high tech jobs have surged by over 35,000 in the north west.

 

Byrne will highlight:

 

  • West Midlands Universities gets the lowest share of science research funding
  • Just 200 young people across the combined authority area are on ‘earn while you learn’ advanced apprenticeships; including 70 people in Birmingham and just 10 in Wolverhampton
  • The Manchester combined authority area is seeing 20% more new businesses open their doors than the West Midlands combined authority area

 

Byrne will call for:

 

  • New science spending to be handed to local universities for research projects organised with industry
  • A new generation of ‘technical universities’ to offer half of young people the chance to do a technical apprenticeship to a degree level of skill
  • New powers over the Start-up Loan fund to ensure more local people get help to start a business

 

Speaking in the House of Commons debate today on the Cities and Devolution Bill, Byrne will say:

 

“Our world beaters like Jaguar Land Rover show what we’re capable of – but we need more powers to become the enterprise and engineering capital of Britain. We need to invest more in high tech R&D, we need more high tech apprentices and crucially we need to give more people the chance to open their own firm. That’s the way we’ll get our region back to work and drive down poverty.”

 

“So it’s time for government to stop underfunding us – and get behind us. And the government needs to show flexibility on demanding a metro-mayor. We can get the job done without one – if our council leaders are given the tools to do the job.”

 

ENDS

 

 

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