Economic growth

How digitalisation is transforming Belfast into a leading economy


Martin McFadyen explores how technical innovation and improved connectivity has helped Belfast and NI transform into a leading knowledge economy with global investment appeal.

The second coming


Paul Brown explains the grand compromise seeking to make Greater Manchester a top global city region.

Five areas chosen for Future Places scheme


Five areas have been announced to take part in a programme to recognise and support 'high quality placemaking'.

Holyrood passes £42.5bn budget but warns of Brexit recession


Holyrood has approved the 2019-20 budget which will see billions invested into public services — but warned Brexit could push Scotland into recession.

Local authority business provision ‘lacks transparency’, MSPs say


Scottish MSPs have criticised a local authority provision that helps businesses grow for lacking ‘transparency, accountability and alignment’.

British cities bear the brunt of austerity, think tank reveals


A think tank has called for an end to local government austerity as it reveals that Whitehall cuts have hit cities twice as hard as the rest of Britain.

Mayor Khan calls for withdrawal of Article 50


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to withdraw Article 50 to protect the capital’s economy from the effects of Brexit.

Brexit will not halt economic growth, says Walkley


Economic growth will not grind to a halt when we leave the European Union, chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley has predicted.

Councils could generate £320bn with new housing powers


Local authorities would be able to generate £320bn for the wider economy if they had the powers to build a ‘new generation’ of high-quality council housing.

Reform Apprenticeship Levy ahead of Brexit, CBI says


Business leaders have urged the Government to reform the Apprenticeship Levy in order to help solve some of the economy’s challenges ahead of Brexit.

Whitehall 'neglecting' smaller cities and towns, report warns


The Government’s focus on major cities ‘neglects’ the contribution that smaller cities, towns and communities can make to economic growth, according to study.

Perfect partners for community growth


Michelle Ovens explains how partnerships between local government and small businesses can dive more social impact at a low cost.

Brexit towns to be 'hardest hit' by impact, researchers warn


Towns that voted in favour of Brexit will be hardest hit by its effects for the next 10 years, researchers have warned.

Ministers to 'super charge' LEP performance


Ministers have published plans to ‘super charge’ the performance and accountability of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following a review.

Building an inclusive economy in Kirklees


Neil McInroy and Cllr Shabir Pandor explain how Kirklees’ new approach to economic development in the borough is informing the council’s inclusive growth agenda.

Whitehall launches new ‘Council for the North’


The Government will launch a modern day ‘Council for the North’ in an effort to overcome the historic North-South divide.

Support cities for a £200bn boost to the economy, says Key Cities


Key cities could add a further £214bn to the economy over the next decade if the Government supports them to raise productivity to the national average, the Key Cities Group has said.

Think tank warns struggling high streets are 'too reliant on retail'


City centres must swap shops for offices, housing and public space if they are to prosper, according to a leading think tank.

LEPs 'failing' rural communities, says campaign group


Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been accused of having a negative effect on the countryside.

Councils warn about ‘damaging’ economic development funding cuts


One in seven local authorities have had their funding for economic development cut over the past five years, according to new research.

Cities must embrace technological change to prosper in future


As we stand on the cusp of another age of automation, Andrew Carter says cities need to prepare and adapt to the coming changes to prosper in the future.

From ghost town to go-to town


What can local authorities learn from Altrincham to help regenerate Britain's town centres? Conor Leyden reports.

Four East Midlands authorities explore devolution options


Four county council leaders in the East Midlands have taken the first step towards a ‘future devolution deal.’

Inequality holding back growth potential of places warns report


Inequality is holding back the full growth potential of places, according to the results of the annual Vibrant Economy Index.

Councils must have more say in transport planning, report says


Local authorities must be involved in transport planning in the north of England to ensure increased connectivity delivers sustainable growth, planners say.

Tough decisions needed to protect commercial heart of cities


As urban centres change transform, the priority should be on protecting and expanding the commercial space in city centres, rather than encouraging more residential development, argues Andrew Carter.

Belfast appoints resilience commissioner


Belfast City Council has appointed a new commissioner to help the city prepare for any scenario that might prevent it from functioning properly.

Council chiefs have 'low confidence' in delivering statutory services


Council bosses have warned they do not have the adequate powers and resources to deliver statutory services in a new survey.

Planning laws should be reformed to protect commercial space, think tank says


Major cities in the North and Midlands are growing rapidly, but the Government needs to take action to protect the commercial space driving this growth, think tank says.

Chorley Council outlines ambitious digital hub plan


A £8.4m scheme is set to put Chorley Council at the centre of the digital sector in Lancashire.

Council chiefs 'pessimistic' about Brexit


More than six out of ten council chief executives and leaders believe Brexit will be damaging to their local economy, a new survey has revealed.

Edinburgh most attractive city for inward investment says report


Investment potential shifts away from the South East as structural weaknesses around housing and infrastructure threaten UK’s most established centres, report says.

Can local government lead the world?


Liz Zeidler explains why a new system has been launched to measure 'true' progress and prosperity.

Key factors for making local area ‘thrive’ revealed


A Bristol-based charity launched a new report today into the key factors that make up a ‘thriving’ local area - and it goes beyond a narrow focus on gross domestic product.

'Rise of the robots' could put one in five jobs at risk by 2030


Automation and globalisation may help boost jobs across the country but they will also compound the North/South divide, a report has warned today.

Devolution - have the wheels fallen off the wagon?


With the news that no new devolution deals were agreed last year, Mark Whitehead explores why the policy seems to have come to a grinding halt.

The top 10 things local government can expect in 2018


Tiffany Cloynes outlines her predictions for the top 10 issues for local government in 2018.

MSPs warn ‘significant’ issues with City Region Deals must be addressed


A number of concerns about Scotland’s City Region Deals have been raised today by a Holyrood Committee.

A seaside success story


Duncan Johnston explores how Bournemouth Borough Council is using a joint venture to help reinvigorate and change the perception of the town.

Think tank urges every city to set up a local Inclusive Growth Investment Commission


Cities should establish new bodies to coordinate and finance attempts to extend prosperity more widely, according to a think tank report.

Councils urged to unlock £7bn of untapped assets


Councils should assess the 'social value' of community businesses to help keep local areas strong and vibrant, according to a new report.

Coventry named UK City of Culture 2021


Coventry has been chosen to be the UK's City of Culture for 2021.

Whitehall infrastructure plans could save £15bn


The Government estimates new plans published today to improve the country’s infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity could save up to £15bn.

Industrial Strategy snubs councils


Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

Lord Adonis calls for 'ground-breaking' deal for economic growth


Council leaders have welcomed plans for a major development in the area between Oxford and Cambridge which is estimated could add hundreds of billions of pounds to the national economy.

Think tank warns of huge disparities in productivity across the country


Cities in the South East of England are nearly twice as productive as other places in Britain, according to new research.

UK cities ‘need housing and transport strategies’


UK cities are becoming more prosperous but success comes with a price tag of less affordable housing and longer commutes, according to research by PwC and Demos.

Putting the Our Manchester strategy into practice


After six-months as Manchester’s new chief executive, Joanne Roney talks to William Eichler about her 'brutal' introduction to the job.

Launch of grass-roots project to tackle local inequality


Seven areas have been chosen to share £8m to create a network of new community businesses in their areas.

Report highlights growth in Greater Thames Valley region


Nearly 37,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) were launched in the Greater Thames Valley in one year, a new report into the economic impact of the GTV has revealed.

Combined authority bids for £200m government investment


The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has bid for more than £200m of government investment in its Autumn Budget submission.

Northern Powerhouse gets £400m funding boost


Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce an extra £400m for the north of England at the Conservative Party conference today.

Mayor warns about 'reputational damage' caused by LEP


The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in Cambridgeshire is causing the area ‘reputational damage’ the combined authority’s mayor has warned.

Bolton publishes £1bn masterplan


A £1bn blueprint to create 1,800 new homes, 7,400 new jobs and generate £412m economic activity in Bolton has been published by the council.

Bookmakers: a boost for the high street


High streets risk losing another full rate paying high street retailer as betting shops come under pressure.

Time to support our ‘non-statutory’ economic development practitioners


Economic development practitioners should be provided with the right skills in order to ensure success of interventions, argues Suzanne Malcolm.

Place-based policy could provide £90bn year boost to economy, says green paper


Giving the UK’s biggest cities more power and freedom over service provision could boost the country’s economy by up to £90m a year, a new report has argued.

Coastal communities ‘worst performing areas’, according to new study


Britain’s coastal communities are among the worst ranked parts of the country across a range of economic and social indicators, new report finds.

'Devolution deadlock' putting growth at risk warns councils


Council leaders have called on the Government to reignite its ‘stalled’ devolution plans.

Coastal towns get £40m funding boost


The Government is injecting more cash into holiday resorts in England, which it says will help boost their economies and create jobs.

Scottish public services must be ready for post-Brexit shock, experts warn


Holyrood must start preparing plans to help Scotland’s public services survive the post-Brexit shock, financial experts say.

Edinburgh and South East Scotland agrees £1.1bn City Deal


A £1.1bn city deal for Edinburgh and South East Scotland was signed yesterday.

Counties call for 'new deal' from Government


County councils in England have called for a ‘new deal’ during the current Parliament, including devolved powers akin to those held by Britain’s major cities.

Regional cities must attract investment to rebalance economy, report says


Regional cities must take the lead in rebalancing the London-centric investment market, think tank says as figures reveal London captures half of the country’s commercial property investment.

Fiscal devolution could help counties create one million jobs, report says


England’s counties have called on the Government to institute a ‘radical programme of fiscal devolution’ in order to create one million jobs and prepare the country for Brexit.

Transport for the North publishes plan for economic growth


Transport for the North (TfN) has set out how it will develop both a major road network for the region and an integrated rail plan that includes Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Haringey's £2bn regeneration plans


The privatisation of £2bn of council assets or an opportunity to deliver thousands of new homes and regenerate ailing estates? William Eichler investigates Haringey’s new Development Vehicle.

New mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough sets out 100-day vision


A string of new transport and infrastructure proposals have been unveiled by the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in his 100-day manifesto.

New mayors urged to prioritise inclusive growth


One of the greatest challenges facing the newly elected metro mayors is achieving inclusive growth, new research has revealed.

Raising regional productivity could boost economy by £175bn finds research


Improvements in regional infrastructure could add £175bn to the economy by 2024, according to new research by the CBI.

Coastal communities given £40m cash boost


Coastal and fishing communities are set to share £40m in new funding to help create new jobs and boost local economies.

A winning strategy?


The industrial strategy has dominated the agenda over the past month, but a new Localis report says it is time to move the debate forward. Sam Clayden reports.

Landmark £1.3bn Swansea Bay city deal signed


The Welsh government today announced a landmark £1.3bn city deal for the Swansea Bay region in a move expected to create nearly 10,000 new jobs.

East Midlands devolution deal announced


The communities secretary yesterday announced a new devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which will see millions of pounds worth of investment in the region.

New Tees Valley mayor granted powers to ‘drive’ economic development


Tees Valley Combined Authority has become the first authority outside of London to be granted the power to create locally-accountable Mayoral Development Corporations.

Midlands to get £400m in strategy to promote ‘enormous potential’


The Government today announced plans to invest nearly £400m in the Midlands as part of its new strategy to drive the region’s ‘enormous economic potential’.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP named top for economic growth


Greater Birmingham & Solihull's local enterprise partnership top for economic growth, according to new figures.

Manchester Council playing ‘pioneering role’ in progressive procurement


Manchester City Council is playing a ‘pioneering role’ in reinvesting spend back into the local economy with its progressive procurement policies, report says.

Scotland’s towns get a data driven head start


Gina Wilson explains how the Understanding Scottish Places tool is helping to make town's better places to work and live.

Hull rides wave of optimism


Cultural and economic buoyancy beckons for a city ravaged by the death of its docks but now seeking new-found status as a world-class visitor destination, renewable energy powerhouse and smart business hub.

Whitehall announces multi-million pound investment to promote local growth


The communities secretary yesterday announced a multi-million pound cash boost to create jobs and local growth across London, the South East and the East of England.

EU biggest export market for nearly all British cities


The European Union (EU) is the biggest export market for 61 out of 62 British cities, new report reveals.

Whitehall’s industrial strategy must be ‘locally led’, think tank says


The Government’s industrial strategy must be led locally, think tank says as Whitehall announces a £556m cash boost for the Northern Powerhouse.

‘Army of activists’ urged to revitalise British coast


Seaside areas have been given a boost with the creation of 38 new Coastal Community Teams.

Tees Valley chosen as site for £70m refinery


Tees Valley has beaten off competition from over 25 countries to be selected as the location for a new £70m Rare Earth Refinery.

Thousands of council jobs at risk in Scotland


Scottish councils have been forced to cut 7,000 jobs in the past year due to £350m funding cuts, council chiefs have warned.

Report calls for 'policy reset' in Greater Manchester


The economic performance of the Greater Manchester region has failed to match the growth of the city since the 1980s, according to a new report.

Council get behind Jaguar growth plans


Coventry City Council has got behind plans for local firm Jaguar Land Rover to develop electric vehicles in the area.

Index reveals affluent areas ‘not necessarily’ the happiest


A new study has discovered that economically prosperous local authority areas are not necessarily the happiest or healthiest places to live.

West of England councils agree to devolution deal


Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils yesterday gave their final endorsement to a devolution deal.

What can UK towns learn from Mississippi or Finland?


What if a small rural town in England could learn from the fortunes of a town in Mississippi, USA? Or, a town on the coast of Scotland learn the secrets of a thriving town in Finland? Douglas White reports.

UK’s cities ‘outperforming’ pre-financial crisis peak


The majority of the UK’s cities are now outperforming their pre-financial crisis peak - but some are experiencing pressures on housing affordability, transportation and work-life balance.

Autumn Statement – Councils looking for chancellor to steady the ship


All eyes will be on Philip Hammond on 23 November, when he makes his first Autumn Statement as chancellor of the exchequer. But what will council chiefs be hoping to hear in the Statement, and why?

Partnership working could help to reinvigorate Britain’s High Streets


Jim Metcalfe explains how town centres and young local entrepreneurs can work together to devise a regeneration plan to rejuvenate our High Streets.

Nissan ‘confident about future’ in Sunderland


Sunderland City Council has welcomed the news that Nissan will be building two new models in the city after Brexit concerns.

£20m road improvements to create thousands of jobs


The transport secretary yesterday announced multi-million pound motorway improvements to ‘unlock’ thousands of homes and jobs.

Report calls for a Major Road Network


Thousands of miles of council-owned roads should receive comparable levels of funding as the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in order to support regional economies, a new report has argued.

Newcastle-Gateshead to host 2018 Great Exhibition


Newcastle-Gateshead has been chosen to host the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North.

Greater Thames Valley’s economy ‘dwarfs’ the powerhouses


The contribution of the Greater Thames Valley (GTV) to the UK economy ‘dwarfs’ that of the powerhouses of Greater Manchester and Greater Birmingham combined.

Birmingham bids for 2026 Commonwealth Games


Birmingham has declared its intention to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games and has called on the entire region to support it.

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Neuroscience and knife crime

Gifford Sutherland, knife crime expert at The Training Hub, provides some insight into neuroscience, young people and knife crime.
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