Economic growth

  • Let’s develop a Team Midlands approach

    03 December 2018

    For years the regions looked at the success of Greater Manchester as a benchmark, but in a short space of time the West Midlands has learned to replicate this approach, boosted by the cross-party appeal of Andy Street, says Simon Dale.

  • Brexit will not halt economic growth, says Walkley

    29 November 2018

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

  • Let's have fiscal levers for local areas

    28 November 2018

    The Government should take steps to enable local areas to fund services through various fiscal levers and such flexibilities would not cost it a penny in extra grant, says Ian Miller.

  • A vision for growth

    27 November 2018

    Cheshire East Council’s focus must be on both delivering affordable housing and supporting further economic growth, says Frank Jordan

  • Birmingham appeals for devolution to tackle Brexit threat

    26 November 2018

    Birmingham City Council has warned of the impact Brexit will have on its services and the region’s economy.

  • Business backs Edinburgh tourism tax

    22 November 2018

    Seven out of 10 Edinburgh businesses back plans for a tourism tax in the city, a survey has found.

  • Right time, right place

    21 November 2018

    Eugenie Harvey describes how Harlow DC has developed a compelling place story to support the town’s growth opportunities.

  • Liverpool City Council brings development company in-house

    20 November 2018

    Economic development firm, Liverpool Vision, is being taken in-house by the city council.

  • Boost for joint venture

    14 November 2018

    Test Valley BC and its joint venture partner Kier Property have let a new commercial building to a major employer.

  • Convention of the North to press minister for more devolved powers

    13 November 2018

    Further devolved powers including over transport and skills training have been urged by a coalition of northern leaders.

  • High costs holding back adulthood social mobility in London

    31 October 2018

    The core cities are generally failing to match London’s performance on overall social mobility but the capital scores poorly during the adulthood life stage, reports Ann McGauran

  • Tackling the urban and rural divide

    31 October 2018

    A new report ‘lays out an uncomfortable truth that county areas are some of the least socially mobile’ – but Carl Les says ‘small tweaks’ if taken together could deliver big results

  • Core Cities could generate almost £100bn every year

    30 October 2018

    We can generate almost £100bn for the UK economy every year if Government adopts our 'productivity package' bringing us up to the level of other European cities, says chair of Core Cities UK Cllr Judith Blake

  • Three NI councils agree to work towards a Growth Deal

    30 October 2018

    Three councils in Northern Ireland have confirmed their intent to work towards a deal to boost economic growth.

  • The dangers of the 'no overlaps' approach to LEPs

    24 October 2018

    Pursuing a 'no overlaps' approach to district representation on local enterprise partnerships (LEPS) could dilute the understanding of local economies, argues Louise Round.

  • Strictly housing

    10 October 2018

    Theresa May has lifted the cap on how much councils can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets – but more problems lie ahead, says Heather Jameson

  • Scottish council use of local suppliers halves in 10 years

    13 September 2018

    The number of Scottish businesses winning council contracts has almost halved within a decade, a report has found.

  • It is not all doom and gloom

    11 September 2018

    The IPPR's Commission on Economic Justice is presents a genuinely radical 10-part plan for economic reform to achieve prosperity and justice, writes Claire Kober.

  • Full steam ahead for the West Midlands

    04 September 2018

    In a recent round table discussion organised by The MJ and energy and services company ENGIE, local authorities from across the West Midlands debated the challenges and opportunities ahead. Heather Jameson reports on the conclusions

  • The five steps to joint working

    04 September 2018

    Prof Malcolm Morley gives his views on how to make joint working situations – whether in the public or private sector – work for you.