It was investor Nelson Peltz who via his investment firm Trian Partners agitated for the splitting up of what was then Cadbury Schweppes back in 2007 which subsequently led to a demerger and Cadbury becoming a much smaller player.Read
When the government decided to abolish the Regional Development Agencies back in 2010, they said that a fifth of the RDA’s land and property assets would be sold off on the open market with the rest transferred to the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) – an unaccountable quango.Read
Offshoring has had a huge impact on British manufacturing over the last decade, with many UK-based manufacturing firms shifting sourcing to low-labour cost locations such as China. But in recent years this shift of activity overseas has cooled. Read
Enterprise zones didn’t work particularly well back in the 1980s. The zones were effectively expensive subsidies to persuade firms to move to particular places, and in many cases were short-lived and ineffective.Read
LDV's dramatic administration-and-takeover starkly highlights both the intense challenges facing local manufacturers, and the genuine strengths of LDV in being an attractive target for hard-nosed venture capitalists.Read
It's no understatement to say that MG Rover's collapse has sent shock waves through the West Midlands economy.Read
David Bailey is a Professor and economist at the Birmingham Business School and has written extensively on car industry restructuring, regional development, industrial policy in a globalising economy, and EU regional policy. He appears regularly in the regional and national media, commenting on developments in the car industry and manufacturing.