Cities Outlook 1901: Unique look into the economic heritage of urban Britain shows that the Government must focus on skills now or pay later

11 July 2012

The first comprehensive analysis of city economies in 1901 shows how urban Britain has evolved since the turn of the twentieth century.  Cities Outlook 1901, a research project by the Centre for Cities, captures how life in our cities has changed for the people living there. Cities Outlook 1901 highlights the extent of the long term scarring […]

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A new investment fund is needed to unlock the potential of mid-sized cities

25 June 2012

A new report published today by Centre for Cities calls on mid-sized cities and the Government to work together to create a new investment fund focused on making city centres more attractive to businesses.  The report, Hidden Potential, supported by Sunderland City Council and PwC, shows that economic growth in some UK mid-sized cities is being restricted by […]

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Places that have high levels of domestic enterprise as well as foreign-owned firms have the strongest, most resilient economies

20 June 2012

How could your city be affected by the crisis in the Eurozone?  New research out today found that the places that have a combination of high levels of domestic enterprise and strong business-start up growth as well as foreign-owned firms have the strongest, most resilient economies. As job losses and business closures may be one of the knock-on effects of […]

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Government needs to invest in rail to support economic growth

16 June 2012

The Government needs to provide further rail investment to support economic growth, according to a coalition of business and transport groups. The British Chambers of Commerce, Campaign for Better Transport, the Centre for Cities and the Passenger Transport Executive Group have written to George Osborne to urge him to provide more investment for the UK’s rail network. The call comes as […]

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Centre for Cities welcomes the announcement from Eric Pickles on business rate reform

17 May 2012

Responding to the statement from Eric Pickles on business rate reform, Centre for Cities’ Chief Executive Alexandra Jones said: “We welcome the introduction of 50 percent additional business rates retention for local authorities. This will provide a real incentive for local government and planning authorities to bring forward new development to allow growing businesses to […]

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