1. Early assessment of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund
    May 2020

    The £250 million Midlands Engine Investment Fund was launched by the British Business Bank in 2017 to support small businesses in the Midlands. Our Early Assessment Report found that the Fund has helped to create 629 jobs, with 37 per cent paying above the UK upper quartile income of £36,500 a year.
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  2. Invest Northern Ireland's Fund of Funds Model
    May 2020

    The Fund of Funds is a holding vehicle through which Invest NI organises the delivery of a continuum of risk capital funding, from start-up finance to development capital. SQW's interim evaluation found that this structure provides a robust mechanism to oversee delivery of a suite of access to finance funds in Northern Ireland, at a relatively low cost.
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  3. SME Manufacturing and Covid-19
    May 2020

    The Office for Budget Responsibility’s reference scenario implies that the manufacturing sector will be one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis with a fall in output of 55% in the second quarter. Manufacturing is particularly important to the economies of the Midlands and North of England, so the impacts of Covid-19 will hit these areas disproportionately hard.
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  4. Viewpoint: What role can towns play in driving economic recovery?
    May 2020

    Over recent years, the future of towns has attracted much debate. This Viewpoint argues that the current COVID-19 crisis makes the focus on towns more, not less, important. It also considers how towns might use the tools that have been made available to them to define a new and stronger future.
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  5. Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review
    Apr 2020

    The first ever Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review (IER) was published on the 30th April 2020. SQW led a team of consultants and academics to complete the IER, which was commissioned by the Midlands Engine partnership and formed part of a wider programme of research undertaken by the Midlands Engine Economic Observatory.
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