The Birmingham Anchor Network was established in 2019. Member institutions wanted to work together, with the support of CLES, to maximise the impact of their employment, spend and physical assets on the Birmingham economy, using a community wealth building framework.
As the leading exponents of community wealth building in the UK, CLES are able to provide the members with access to expert support in specific areas (such as progressive procurement practice) and to provide a platform for communicating the learning from the Network to a wider audience.
The Network’s current strategic priorities include creating:
accessible employment opportunities for Birmingham residents from disadvantaged communities and neighbourhoods;
achievable procurement opportunities for local small businesses and social enterprises; and,
local economic development opportunities linked to physical assets.
The Network is now seen as an economic asset in the city and a key delivery partner for multiple strategic initiatives including Birmingham’s levelling up strategy, Living Wage Partnership and the Combined Authority’s social economy growth action plan. This recognition of their role is helping to unlock these public sector institutions as economic drivers for the city in a way that has never been achieved before.
In response, the membership committed to a further seven years of partnership working in 2022.
Grow your own anchor network
CLES has developed packages of support for those at the front line of the economic reform process and is available to support in building and develop an anchor networks. Learn more →