Economic growth

  • Not a business as usual approach

    11 December 2019

    Metro Dynamics has launched a guide for people working in and with towns that distils what it has learned over the past few years, based on eight principles. Mike Emmerich explains.


  • There’s ‘no single perfect solution’ on 5G

    10 December 2019

    A vibrant and competitive market for ultrafast and gigabit connectivity across the whole of the UK is a must for our future prosperity, says Stuart Murray, partner at UK law firm TLT.


  • Future Forum North: IFS boss praises 'sensible' Labour tax proposals

    06 December 2019

    The director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies has urged whoever is elected next week to look at ‘sensible’ dividend and capital gains tax proposals.


  • Future Forum North: Relationships crucial to successful regeneration

    06 December 2019

    The relationship between councils, developers and funders is crucial to ensuring the success of major regeneration projects.


  • Future Forum North: ‘Lead for the place you are trying to create’

    05 December 2019

    Chief executive of Manchester City Council and SOLACE spokesperson on leadership and learning Joanne Roney has set out a checklist for leading in a time of change and uncertainty.


  • Hull’s proactive approach to housing

    04 December 2019

    Trish Dalby outlines how Hull City Council is meeting housing need through a proactive and partnership approach.


  • Retro-fitting councils around the 21st century

    04 December 2019

    The MJ and BT recently conducted a survey of local authority directors to find out how they believe 5G will affect their organisations. The conclusions formed part of the discussion at a roundtable debate. Martin Ford reports.


  • Tory state aid proposals spark controversy

    02 December 2019

    Questions have been raised over plans to loosen state aid rules post-Brexit under a Conservative government.


  • Ensuring our places’ success

    27 November 2019

    The Sustainable Growth Index rankings reflect a dominant focus on economic growth over the past 20 years, says Rob Turner. He provides a checklist for ensuring strong economic performance goes hand-in-hand with broader measures of success.


  • Too many blurred lines

    26 November 2019

    It is ‘small wonder economic development has failed to deliver in so many places’, says Nigel Wilcox. His message to a future government is that a confusing landscape needs simplified – and combined authorities seem to provide the best solution.


  • Landscape to deliver growth 'needs simplified'

    26 November 2019

    The head of the Institute of Economic Development has hit out at England’s ‘dazzling array of bodies and schemes’ to deliver growth that are ‘confusing even to seasoned commentators’.


  • South of England takes top slots in Sustainable Growth Index

    25 November 2019

    The South of England continues to dominate the top performing places, according to the Grant Thornton 2019 Sustainable Growth Index rankings.


  • Is there a better way for business rates?

    19 November 2019

    How keen should councils be to bind themselves to a business rates tax that appears to be in demise both financially and reputationally, asks Gary Fielding


  • Creating a country that works for all

    13 November 2019

    Arianna Giovannini of IPPR North says that whichever party emerges as the winner on 13 December should prioritise rebalancing our national economy - creating a country that works for everyone.


  • McDonnell unveils a Northern manifesto

    07 November 2019

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will today announce plans to shift the balance of power from Westminster to the North.


  • Political row breaks out over Towns Fund

    04 November 2019

    The Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund has been dismissed as a ‘pre-election stunt’ by political opponents.


  • Western Gateway to become powerhouse for Severn estuary

    01 November 2019

    A third ‘powerhouse’ has been launched by the Government today in an attempt to drive economic growth across south Wales and the west of England.


  • Time to change the direction of travel

    29 October 2019

    Core Cities UK's Vision for Global Success and Local Prosperity report sets out some clear, practical steps that 'will set our cities free to achieve their full potential, both for themselves and surrounding areas', says Cllr Judith Blake.


  • Devolution to 'level up' economic fortunes - report

    29 October 2019

    A think-tank has called on ministers to further embrace local government devolution in order to level up the economic fortunes of the country.


  • Wigan’s next chapter

    23 October 2019

    The success of Wigan MBC’s 2013 Deal has prompted the council go one step further with Deal 2030. Alison McKenzie-Folan explains.