Economic growth

How cities can use the circular economy to benefit their citizens

17/07/2019

Joke Dufourmont outlines the three key ways local authorities can attract jobs, investment and social capital in their local circular economy.

Council welcomes £65m Growth Deal

12/07/2019

Moray Council has said that its area’s economy is ‘set to be transformed’ by a £65m Growth Deal, announced yesterday by the UK and Scottish governments.

LEPs ‘lack transparency’ despite receiving £12bn of Government funding

05/07/2019

The Government has ‘no real understanding’ of the impact which the Local Growth Fund has had on local economic growth despite investing £12bn of taxpayers’ money, MPs say.

Northern Powerhouse: The first five years

01/07/2019

The Northern Powerhouse has celebrated its fifth birthday. But what is it, and what has it achieved? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Rebalancing the economy: our time is now

27/06/2019

Nigel Wilcock calls for a different approach to tackle regional imbalances in economic growth.

Post-Brexit free trade zones could ‘rebalance the economy’, think tank claims

25/06/2019

Whitehall should establish free trade zones in most deprived areas after Brexit in order to incentivise growth and rebalance the economy, think tank argues.

Innovation is the new regeneration

24/06/2019

Rachel Dickie explains how a new joint venture will help cities across the country to create new ‘innovation districts’.

Measuring success is more than just boosting GDP

20/06/2019

The past decade in local government has been dominated by pushing forward local economies, with subtle shifts in focus, but tirelessly chasing GDP, says Heather Jameson. But is there a new way?

MPs to investigate UK's regional imbalances

14/06/2019

A new inquiry into regional imbalances in the UK economy has been launched by the Treasury Committee.

Protecting town centres

10/06/2019

Debenhams CVA: Josh Myerson and Andrew Haughey explain what councils and local authorities can do to protect their town centres.

Mayor calls for creation of 'free trade zones' in city centres

05/06/2019

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has called for a 'wholesale review' of the business rates system to save struggling high streets.

Khan launches £100m SME investment fund

31/05/2019

The mayor of London yesterday launched the largest ever fund for small and medium enterprises, which includes £14m to support the transition to a circular economy.

Devolution necessary for ‘rebalancing’ economy, report says

30/05/2019

Power must be devolved to a ‘comprehensive framework’ of mayoral and combined authorities and rural counties in order to rebalance the economy, report says.

Harnessing the power of place can lead to better pay

17/05/2019

Douglas White explains why the Living Wage Places movement is gaining traction across the country.

Think tank calls for creation of a British Investment Bank

15/05/2019

An investment bank should be set up to 'kick start a productivity revolution' after Brexit, according to a local government think tank.

Whitehall announces £105m boost for Northern Ireland

14/05/2019

The Government has announced a £105m package to help boost the ‘economic potential’ of the Derry-Londonderry region.

Council to launch UK's first city-wide digital currency

10/05/2019

Belfast City Council has announced plans to launch the UK's first incentive-based digital currency.

Whitehall ‘unwilling’ to help the high street, committee says

08/05/2019

The Government is ‘unwilling’ to give high streets a ‘fighting chance’ in the battle with online retailers, a select committee has concluded.

How digitalisation is transforming Belfast into a leading economy

17/04/2019

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

29/03/2019

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

Five areas chosen for Future Places scheme

13/03/2019

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

22/02/2019

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

20/02/2019

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

28/01/2019

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

10/12/2018

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

29/11/2018

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

29/10/2018

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

09/10/2018

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

03/10/2018

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

26/09/2018

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

19/09/2018

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

24/07/2018

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

12/07/2018

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’

09/07/2018

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

27/06/2018

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'

26/06/2018

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

25/06/2018

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

Councils warn about ‘damaging’ economic development funding cuts

18/06/2018

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

18/06/2018

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

21/05/2018

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

Four East Midlands authorities explore devolution options

02/05/2018

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

19/04/2018

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

18/04/2018

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

11/04/2018

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

10/04/2018

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

28/03/2018

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

21/03/2018

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

15/03/2018

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

Council chiefs 'pessimistic' about Brexit

06/03/2018

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

20/02/2018

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?

20/02/2018

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

Key factors for making local area ‘thrive’ revealed

19/02/2018

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

29/01/2018

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?

17/01/2018

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

10/01/2018

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

08/01/2018

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

A seaside success story

04/01/2018

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

13/12/2017

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

12/12/2017

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

08/12/2017

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

Whitehall infrastructure plans could save £15bn

06/12/2017

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

27/11/2017

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

17/11/2017

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

16/11/2017

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’

07/11/2017

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

07/11/2017

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

26/10/2017

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

20/10/2017

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

17/10/2017

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

02/10/2017

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

29/09/2017

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

Bolton publishes £1bn masterplan

22/09/2017

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

22/09/2017

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

15/09/2017

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

12/09/2017

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

05/09/2017

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

04/09/2017

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

Coastal towns get £40m funding boost

04/09/2017

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

21/08/2017

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

21/07/2017

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

Counties call for 'new deal' from Government

19/07/2017

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

19/07/2017

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

04/07/2017

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

20/06/2017

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

16/05/2017

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

12/05/2017

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

12/05/2017

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

20/04/2017

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

03/04/2017

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

A winning strategy?

23/03/2017

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

20/03/2017

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

17/03/2017

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

14/03/2017

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’

09/03/2017

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

01/03/2017

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

Manchester Council playing ‘pioneering role’ in progressive procurement

28/02/2017

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

23/02/2017

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

15/02/2017

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

03/02/2017

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

30/01/2017

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

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