Ministers must heed local productivity gaps
Ministerial efforts to reduce the regional productivity gap must recognise the imbalances at local level within regions, government advisers have warned.
Doubts over March local industrial strategy deadline
The Government’s public commitment that all areas will have a local industrial strategy (LIS) agreed by March has been thrown into doubt.
Western Gateway to become powerhouse for Severn estuary
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.
LEP chairs still waiting for PM meeting
An overdue Prime Minister’s meeting of local enterprise partnership (LEP) chairs has not been scheduled, with Number 10 yet to commit to continuing the twice-yearly gatherings.
A Great Western Powerhouse is the 'missing piece of the jigsaw'
The ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’ for driving inclusive growth at scale is a Great Western Powerhouse waiting to happen, according to a landmark report launched yesterday at the House of Lords.
Learning from the special relationship
Reflecting on insights from the USA, Lawrence Conway says there are key elements we need to address in the UK if we want to keep pace with the changing needs of society and business.
No new cash for Greater Manchester local industrial strategy
A former senior civil servant and council chief has questioned the impact of Greater Manchester’s local industrial strategy after it came with no new money.
Local government partnerships key to seaside town reinvention
Councils have been urged to work with central government and LEPs to revitalise Britain’s rundown coastal communities.
We are making the case to Honda to keep investment in Swindon
Council leader David Renard is part of a taskforce set up after Honda's announcement that it plans to shut the local plant. He says the key priority must be to make the case that investment in vehicles of the future is best done in Swindon.
Further devolution could unlock Manchester's potential
More devolution of powers is essential to realise Greater Manchester’s economic potential, a group of experts has said.
Ministers to 'super charge' LEP performance
Ministers have published plans to ‘super charge’ the performance and accountability of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following a review.
Whitehall reassurance on local industrial strategies
Senior civil servants have pledged that local industrial strategies will be rolled out everywhere by 2021, The MJ understands.
Hawthorne: Local industrial strategies could go same way as devolution
Parts of the country could be left behind when Whitehall rolls out its local industrial strategies, a senior Local Government Association (LGA) figure has warned.
Government waters down devolution framework plans
Hopes are fading that the Government’s devolution framework will jump-start the agenda when it is finally published.
EXCLUSIVE: Doubts raised over local industrial strategies rollout
Concerns have been raised over the future of local industrial strategies, amid fears Whitehall will fail to push the policy further than just a few urban areas.
CIPFA hits back at Tesco rates attack
Finance directors have hit back at criticisms made by big companies that business rates are causing the collapse of retailers on the high street.
Build industrial strategies to beat Brexit, says Localis
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
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.
Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth
Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.
A response to the Industrial Strategy white paper
Shaping the Industrial Strategy is among the most pressing challenges facing local authority leaders. Sam Clayden reports on what sector chiefs believe must be done