Local Enterprise Partnership Area (LEP)

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBS LEP)

The following analyses seek to profile sectoral strengths for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBS LEP).
Local Authorities
GVA per annum
Innovate UK sectoral strengths

These over-arching sector indicators are taken from the groupings used in our publication, Mapping England’s Innovation Activity.

These indicators are compiled using a fusion of quantitative and expert-driven data, that makes it possible to compare place-based innovation activity in the manner displayed to the right.

For more information, please refer to Mapping England’s Innovation Activity, available to download from our library.


Emerging and Enabling Technologies30%
Health and Life Sciences37%
Manufacturing and Materials37%

Hub framework innovation strengths

The indicators below are compiled from the Hub’s data framework, which measures innovation involves using a range of indicators to capture the series of inputs (e.g. funding and human capital) and outputs (e.g. knowledge outputs from research, innovative products, services, and processes) that encompass the innovation process, and the interactions between them.

We have then identified the key sectoral strengths from these indicators and displayed them below. Key sectoral strengths in innovative can be identified across research, business, and research-business collaboration in the table below. Sectoral strengths that occur across these categories are positioned next to one another:

Framework indicators Innovation in
Innovation in
Research and business
interaction in innovation
Sectoral strengths
Healthcare Healthcare
Medicine & Dentistry
Life Sciences & Healthcare* Health & Social Work
Transport & Motoring Transport Wholesale retail & motor trades
Sustainable agri-food protection Sustainable agri-food protection
Engineering & Technology Engineering & Technology Civil Engineering
Engines, pumps & turbines
Mechanical elements
Thermal Processes & apparatus
Physical Sciences & Advanced Materials Physical Sciences Advanced Materials
Materials Metallurgy
Other Science & Tech manufacture
Computer Science Computer Science


You can access and download the the full dataset for all LEPs analysed so far via our Library.

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