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Brummies across all communities will not tolerate extremism of any kind

Birmingham stands with London against terrorism in all its evil guises. This city’s heart goes out to the victims and the injured in the Westminster attack.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those caught up in such a dreadful atrocity.

Birmingham is a city built on the spirit and hard work of immigrants and refugees who came here from across the world to seek safety and make a new home.

The sons and daughters and grandchildren of those immigrants are part of the Birmingham family today.

We celebrate basic Birmingham values – everybody is born equal, no discrimination on grounds of sex or religion.

Everyone is welcome in Birmingham….everyone can make it in Birmingham.

When these shared values are challenged this city won’t turn a blind eye. Across our communities the simple message to those who carry out terrorist acts is: Not In Our Name

Greater Birmingham welcomes thousands of prospective investors at MIPIM 2017

Midlands UK at MIPIM

  • Nearly 3,000 delegates visit the Midlands UK pavilion
  • Events showcased key projects including Peddimore, The Hub at UK Central and the Wolverhampton Interchange
  • Panel discussions on connectivity and HS2 drew large crowds

Nearly 3,000 international delegates visited the Midlands UK pavilion during global real estate show MIPIM 2017 (Cannes, France, 14-17 March) to learn about opportunities to invest in areas across the region.

The Greater Birmingham delegation, which attended MIPIM as part of Midlands UK, comprises Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country. Representatives from Greater Birmingham took part in more than 20 events within the Midlands programme, including panel debates and showcase presentations featuring approximately 50 speakers.

Based at a pavilion for the first time, the wider Midlands UK delegation featured more than 40 organisations from the private sector, working in collaboration with the public sector to promote the region. The companies ranged from property agents to developers, consultancies and architects.

Investment opportunities around Greater Birmingham’s growing transport infrastructure were a draw for MIPIM delegates. An event looking at the potential of Birmingham Curzon’s HS2 station on Wednesday afternoon was full, along with a panel discussion focused on how HS2 will impact the economic performance of the area.

Other popular events for Greater Birmingham included presentations about major schemes that are expected to make a huge economic impact on the local economy.

Two major developments in Birmingham have taken a step forward after being showcased at MIPIM.  A Visioning Document for the £350 million Peddimore industrial site launched at the show, while it was also announced that Stoford Developments has been appointed to deliver the £200 million redevelopment of a key property portfolio around Typhoo Wharf in Birmingham city centre.

Cllr John Clancy, Leader, Birmingham City Council, commented: “The Midlands Engine’s presence at MIPIM sends a powerful message to global investors that the region is a strong, cohesive area, which is committed to becoming more connected, productive and innovative. By joining together with other destinations to promote Birmingham, Greater Birmingham and the Midlands Engine, we are competing even more strongly than ever before to secure investment that will help to create new jobs, homes and economic wealth for local people.”

A Growth and Infrastructure Plan for the UK Central Hub at Solihull also launched at MIPIM, which presented 775,000 sqm of development land and space for up to 4,000 homes to potential investors. The Solihull Town Centre Masterplan outlines the potential for up to 1,400 new homes, over 70,000 sqm of new office space and 11,000 sqm of commercial and leisure space.

Cllr Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth at Solihull Council, said: “We have enjoyed taking part in a number of very busy events at MIPIM this year, with attendance boosted by Solihull and Greater Birmingham’s presence at the Midlands Engine Pavilion. Now that Royal Assent has been granted to HS2, investors can see that our plans for major schemes like The Hub will soon become a reality – and their interest in UK Central and Solihull is growing as a result.”

A range of City of Wolverhampton opportunities were also on show at MIPIM. Its ambitious £132 million Interchange scheme will introduce a new railway station to support its modern bus station, while the i9 site was showcased as a potential regional headquarters for a global company.  Further progress on the Black Country Garden City project was outlined, which will be one of the UK’s largest ever brownfield site regeneration programmes and aims to lever £6 billion of investment.

Tom Westley, Black Country LEP lead for the Enterprise Zone, added: “Major developments such as i9 and the Wolverhampton Interchange were extremely well received at MIPIM this year, having certainly caught the attention of delegates. This year has again been highly successful for Greater Birmingham, particularly as we are able to capitalise on the growing strength and profile of the Midlands Engine to attract investment into the Black Country.”

Other well-attended events included an evening reception featuring British screenwriter Steven Knight, filled with delegates wearing caps from the TV show Peaky Blinders, which is set in Birmingham.

Midlands UK has also made a significant impact beyond Cannes. The @UKMidlands Twitter account doubled its followers during MIPIM, and reached more than 120,000 users throughout the event, while the #MidlandsUK hashtag has been used over 100,000 times. Nearly 150 regional, national and international media articles about the Midlands UK delegation have been published to date. To view a brief film of Midlands UK at MIPIM, please visit http://midlandsukmipim.com/video-mipim-minute/ .

Birmingham to name Stella Manzie as Interim Chief Executive

Stella Manzie is set to be appointed Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council. stella manzie

A vastly experienced public servant, Ms Manzie has been chief executive at four major local authorities, was appointed to the Board of Her Majesty’s Treasury to contribute expertise about public service delivery and is a former senior civil servant with the Scottish Government.

Her appointment is expected to be confirmed at a meeting of the full city council on April 4.

She will remain in post until the council appoints a permanent Chief Executive.

Ms Manzie is a former chief executive of Coventry City Council and Barking and Dagenham Council, and was until last year Commissioner Managing Director of Rotherham MBC.

She has also been Director General Finance and Corporate Services, then Justice and Communities for the Scottish Government.

The appointment was recommended by a Birmingham City Council cross-party elected members’ appointments panel.

Councillor John Clancy, the leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a crucial appointment and I am delighted with the progress we have made. Stella Manzie has a long and successful record of achievement at the top of local and national government.

“Stella’s career demonstrates an impressive record of driving transformation and change in four local authorities, as well as holding senior civil service positions with the Scottish Government.

“I am confident, subject to approval by the city council on April 4, that Stella will provide strong leadership as we embark on the search for a permanent Chief Executive.

“With other changes to senior management now in place, it is clear Birmingham City Council has an exceptionally strong team of officers to take us forward on the next stage of our improvement journey.”

Angela Probert will continue in her role as acting Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service, until Ms Manzie’s appointment is ratified at Full Council.

The council has further strengthened its top team of officers:

Waheed Nazir, currently Acting Strategic Director Economy has been appointed Corporate Director Economy, while Jacqui Kennedy, currently Acting Strategic Director Place has been appointed Corporate Director Place.

With effect from March 31, Peter Hay, currently Strategic Director of People will be moving to alternative responsibilities and will leave Birmingham City Council. Peter’s post included responsibility for both Adult and Children Services.

As a result of recommendations from the Local Government Association (LGA), it is confirmed that Graeme Betts is engaged on an interim basis as the Corporate Director Adults and Health.

It is anticipated that Mr Betts will be in post for at least six months, depending on the outcome of a permanent recruitment exercise.

Mr Betts is currently Interim Managing Director Communities, Health and Adult Social Care, Buckinghamshire County Council.