David Godfrey explains the symbiotic link between prosperous communities and productive places, and why Localis’ new report stresses the need to deepen the relationship between business and place.
'Productivity deals' with big business needed to jump-start local economies
Councils should strike ‘productivity deals’ with the biggest businesses in their region to ensure residents benefit from private sector growth, a new report urged today.
Sheffield City Council promotes trade with Beijing
Nine businesses from Sheffield have travelled to China as part of the local authority’s efforts to strengthen trade with Beijing.
No-fault evictions to be axed
Local government has welcomed plans to axe ‘no-fault evictions’ in England as a ‘first step’ in improving housing security.
Council property firm records losses
The property company run by Barking & Dagenham LBC has reported losses of almost £4m in its first year of operation.
Council decision to determine agency future
The future of a not-for-profit enterprise agency rests on talks over its failure to pay back a loan to King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC.
Reading is ‘ahead of the game’ on BIDS
Reading’s second Business Improvement District is believed to be the first one in a town uniquely aimed at a business area.
Council should 'build on lessons learned' after critical review
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC should ‘build on the lessons learned’ from the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial workspace, the council’s chief executive has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Grimsey criticises speed of high streets bidding process
Retail expert Bill Grimsey has accused the Government of forcing the pace on bids to its £675m Future High Streets Fund.
Call for outcome focus as DToC pressure reduces
Health and social care systems should increase their focus on outcomes for individuals as Whitehall softens its threats around delayed transfer of care (DToC) figures, a report today has suggested.
Interserve rejects rival rescue bid
Doubts have arisen over outsourcing giant Interserve’s rescue deal after its largest shareholder mounted a rival bid.
Councils issue joint tender
Bexley and Bromley LBCs have joined forces to invite tenders for the running of their revenue and benefits services.
MHCLG yet to agree no-deal Brexit escalation process for care provider failure
Marsham Street has still not agreed its ‘escalation process’ in the case of a no-deal Brexit causing social care provider failure, a leaked document has revealed.
Interserve announces details of its rescue plan
Outsourcing specialist Interserve has announced details of the proposed rescue plan it has agreed with its lenders.
Three-year rates revaluation cycle to come to Scotland
The Scottish Government will introduce a three-year business rates revaluation cycle to ensure the system responds to changing economic conditions.
Local authority business provision ‘lacks transparency’ - MSPs
Scottish MSPs have criticised a local authority scheme that aims to help businesses grow for lacking ‘transparency, accountability and alignment’.
Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill
Amey may have to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council after years of legal difficulties, according to national newspaper reports.
Calls to end Trafford-Amey joint venture following investigation
Trafford MBC has been urged to end its joint venture contract with Amey over ‘poor performance’.
Brokenshire in trade-offs warning
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.
Call for tourism tax review
An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.