When Theresa May announced plans for a new industrial strategy last summer, she vowed to take a ‘place-based’ approach to boosting growth up and down the country.
This was welcome recognition of the diverse roles that different parts of the country play in shaping the national economy. But when the government published its industrial strategy green paper in January, ‘place’ was relegated to just one of ten pillars underpinning the strategy. When the consultation on the green paper closed this month, our message to the government was that to realise its aims for the industrial strategy, ‘place’ should be the over-arching framework on which it is based.
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