West Midlands

  • The West Midlands jointly tops the 2018 growth league, Solihull the regional star, Walsall declines and the Birmingham LEP ranked 1st in the UK December, 2019

    Following its first publication of quarterly GDP estimates for the regions in September, the ONS has now published its 2018 full year estimate of economic activity by UK country, region and local area using gross domestic product. The figures showed the WM economy grew by 2.0% in 2018, down from the 2017 growth rate of 2.6%. This placed WM second (2017 ranking also second) out of the twelve UK ‘regions.’ The UK and England growth rate in 2018 was 1.4%. Growth in Wales was 1.3%, Scotland grew by 0.9% and the Northern Ireland economy shrank by 0.5%. London topped the 2018 table with...