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Cities Question Time

Alexandra Jones

Would Birmingham and Manchester be better off without London? Should we be deliberately rebalancing city economies away from financial services and towards manufacturing? And what would it take to make some “fragile” Local Enterprise Partnerships work?

Blog Post 6 Jun 2013
The chance to rebuild a city

Dmitry Sivaev

This week is not an ordinary week for me. Just as Londoners were leaving the city for their Bank holiday destinations, I took a plane to Kiev...

Blog Post 30 May 2013
Blast from the past: Innovation, science and the city

Matt Thompson

In the current environment of rising unemployment, economic stagnation and the search for growth, previous research can shed some light on the role that universities can play in our city economies.

Blog Post 23 May 2013
The London Finance Commission matters to other cities too

Alexandra Jones

Cities across the country – particularly the big cities – should take some time to take a look at the report published yesterday by the 17-strong London Finance Commission, chaired by Tony Travers (of which I was a member).

Blog Post 16 May 2013
Business support: more is not always better

Dmitry Sivaev

The new Centre for Cities policy briefing looks at state funded business support in the UK and reveals that current system needs simplification and re-structuring.

Blog Post 16 May 2013
Never mind the Queen’s speech

Ben Harrison

Further progress on local economic growth now depends upon battles being waged in Whitehall and in town halls across the country

Blog Post 8 May 2013