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Kurt Jacobs

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In Focus: Technical know-how

Andy Coyne welcomes the arrival of a new festival highlighting innovation in the region.

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A brand new start

What was flagged up as a D-Day for regional development agencies turned out to be something of a damp squib.

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Things can only get worse

I grew up in an area of Birmingham called Yardley, about three miles from the city centre. It was – and is - a largely indistinct area. A couple of Premiership footballers have come from there – Lee Carsley and Craig Gardner – and the boxer Frankie Gavin is a local boy, but there have been few other claims to fame. A solidly working class area, when I was growing up there in the 1970s it was mainly council houses and most of the men in the area worked in car factories, other factories or on building sites- but most people worked. Not any more. Research released this week by UK National Statistics rating unemployment levels by parliamentary constituency shows that Yardley now has the 12th highest total of jobless people in Britain.

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Up in the air

Well, we’ve got a new government and whilst I have serious doubts about its prospects - and ours - let’s give it a chance. Fine words butter no parsnips, as they say north of the border, and now’s the time for action. New chancellor George Osborne’s emergency Budget will be upon us within 50 days and much of the detail of what will be included in this year’s £6bn cuts package will be included in that.

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A whole new world

Welcome to the most uncertain general election day in many a long year.

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About Kurt

Kurt Jacobs is editor of Midlands Business Insider, and has worked at the magazine for the last five years. Based in Nottingham he writes on commercial property, corporate finance, law, and international trade.

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Kurt Jacobs
Editor of Midlands Business Insider
kurt.jacobs@newsco.com
0115 959 7951

 
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