Economic growth

  • We need a new procurement debate

    17 April 2018

    The fall of Carillion earlier this year has been dissected at length. Jane Eckford argues it is time for a new debate on how the public sector works with the private sector.


  • Tough decisions needed to protect commercial heart of cities

    11 April 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.


  • Big data for health and social care planning?

    11 April 2018

    In this, the first article in a series for The MJ, Andy Begley looks at how data might be used in future to better serve the health and care needs of communities.


  • Winning the UK regeneration game

    04 April 2018

    There has been a resurgence of urban regeneration in the UK, in part thanks to unique partnerships between the councils and private sector developers. Sam Clayden reports on a Morgan Sindall sponsored panel event, chaired by The MJ, at this year’s MIPIM conference


  • Metro mayors fly the flag for the regions

    28 March 2018

    The UK’s thriving regional economies and their new metro mayors dominated talk at this year’s MIPIM event. Michael Burton reports.


  • Build industrial strategies to beat Brexit, says Localis

    26 March 2018

    The government needs to put more effort into agreeing local industrial strategies across the country, the latest report from think tank Localis has claimed.


  • Building productivity in a place

    26 March 2018

    As we prepare for Brexit, local government’s role in boosting growth will become even more crucial. Heather Jameson looks at the latest report from think tank Localis on delivering the industrial strategy.


  • The spirit of possibility: place shaping in Wolverhampton

    19 March 2018

    As the City of Wolverhampton develops a new city brand, Tim Johnson discusses the importance of place marketing.


  • Luton is ready for take-off

    12 March 2018

    With London bursting at the seams towns around the capital are becoming the focus of major regeneration and housing development. Michael Burton looks at Luton, just 22 minutes from London and yet still affordable for young homebuyers.


  • Residents feel they can influence councils more than Westminster

    06 March 2018

    UK residents feel they have more influence over local government than Westminster as Brexit nears, according to a new study.


  • Council chiefs 'pessimistic' about Brexit

    06 March 2018

    More than six out of 10 council chief executives and leaders believe Brexit will be damaging to their local economy, a new survey has found.


  • Andy Street: Championing the West Midlands

    05 March 2018

    Mayor Andy Street believes the West Midlands is experiencing an economic revival, but if all communities are going to share in that success, he needs more support from the Government. Sam Clayden reports.


  • The Sutton Cancer Hub

    20 February 2018

    One of the most significant regeneration projects in London is set to be the crowning achievement in a larger plan to boost the Sutton area, and provide a template for other outer London localities. Niall Bolger explains.


  • The Haringey LLP judgement is significant for the sector

    20 February 2018

    A landmark judgement in favour of Haringey LBC could pave the way for more Limited Liability Partnerships nationwide, writes Rob Hann


  • Government guidance eases fears of out-of-borough clamp down

    13 February 2018

    Fears that ministers would clamp down on councils’ abilities to invest in commercial property outside their local area have been eased by new Government guidance.


  • Our economy is growing quickly, but can we sustain the momentum?

    06 February 2018

    Lawrence Conway explains how South Lakeland DC is making the most of its booming economy


  • Taking risk into account

    31 January 2018

    The more commercial the venture, the more considered the due diligence needs to be. To do it successfully, writes Don Peebles, teams must have the skills in place to evaluate, communicate and manage that risk.


  • Restricting out of borough investments will increase risk

    31 January 2018

    The Government is concerned that local government could become over-reliant on commercial income and consequent market changes may threaten local authorities’ abilities to deliver core services. Tony Clements looks at how Newham LBC is pursuing the opportunities


  • We're not waiting for Government to say 'yes'

    24 January 2018

    Despite Brexit and austerity, Core City leaders are pushing ahead with developments to benefit urban economies, Judith Blake says.


  • Minister outlines Western Powerhouse plan

    22 January 2018

    Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has outlined plans for a Western Powerhouse similar to local government-linked agreements operating in the north of England and Midlands.