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Neena Gill

Euro Labour MEP Calls for EU Action on Energy and Steel Dumping to Support West Midlands Steel Industry

West Midlands Labour MEP, Neena Gill, member of the West Midlands Steel Taskforce, yesterday afternoon (November 9) questioned the European Commissioner for Competiveness, Margrethe Vestager, on urgent measures to create a level playing field for EU energy price policy which would allow the UK steel industry to compete with major international competitors in a fair […]

Institute for Design and Economic Acceleration, BCU IDEA, drives new Steel Taskforce …

The Institute for Design and Economic Acceleration (IDEA) and West Midlands Economic Forum (WMEF) have joined forces calling an emergency meeting to support the UK Steel industry. The aim is to set up a Steel Taskforce in light of latest news about Caparo in administration with 1700 jobs on the line and the impact of […]


Birmingham Made Me Make It Club – making it real for Birmingham City and Aston University entrepreneurs

Birmingham Made Me Make It Club met for the first time 14th October in the recently opened BCU Curzon building from 4-7pm, hearing the stories from 12 entrepreneurs either studying at BCU or recently graduated. Make It is a joint initiative between Birmingham City and Aston Universities providing early stage support to emerging businesses through networking, […]

Beverley Nielsen- Head Shot-CorporateAffairsDirector

2015 Vitalise Women of the Year Awards – Finalists announced

Six women have been nominated as finalists in the 2015 Vitalise Women of the Year Awards coming from a variety of walks of life – print and publishing, engineering, fashion and lifestyle, education, and specialised exotic animal care and management – representing the great breadth of contributions being made by women in society. The Awards […]


Sort out the finances to secure real growth says Idea Birmingham

The Chancellor’s latest announcements transferring all business rate revenues back to Councils masks a number of vital issues for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area. Currently the WMCA Shadow Board is proposing three new Commissions to tackle Land, Productivity, and Mental Health & Public Services – how is all of this to be funded? […]


Productivity in Focus

Economists Vicky Pryce, CEBR and BCU, Mark Beatson, CIPD and Paul Forrest Midlands Economic Forum and IDEA Birmingham, throw light on the UK Productivity conundrum. Beverley Nielsen reports … IDEA Birmingham assembles leading experts to review UK productivity conundrum, September 2015 Mark Beatson, Chief Economist, Chartered Institute for Personnel Development, CIPD, speaking at Birmingham City […]

BMM Brussels Capsule

Birmingham Made Me in Brussels Parliament with Neena Gill MEP proves huge success…

    Neena Gill MEP’s reception to launch the Birmingham and Midlands Showcase event she is sponsoring this week at the European Parliament, Brussels, 22-24 September opened with some notable speakers including – Neena Gill MEP, West Midlands Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council Jerzy Buzek, Chair, EP Committee, Industry, Research and Energy and […]

BMM15 Awards

BMM2015 Expo Winners

  The prestigious Birmingham Made Me Design and Innovation Awards Dinner 2015 took place at Millennium point on the 17th of June and in attendance was over 240+ VIP guests from some of the very best and upcoming companies from across the Midlands. The annual dinner which celebrates the midlands design led manufacturing capabilities and achievement […]


Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 2015 takes over Millennium Point…

  The Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 2015, successfully attracted thousands of visitors and business leaders from across the city and showcased leading Midlands brands and our emerging design talent.. From the 15th to the 19th of June, the atrium of Millennium Point in Birmingham was transformed into a colourful and stylish showroom of balloons, […]

Beverley Nielsen- Head Shot-CorporateAffairsDirector

Manufacturing’s Firm Foundations need greater investment for greater success

Beverley Nielsen, Director, Birmingham City University think tank, IDEA Birmingham, discusses challenges around Redesigning Manufacturing and driving regional economic growth.