If all British cities were as productive as those in the Greater South East, the UK economy would be more than £200bn bigger each year. How can the Government's Industrial Strategy help places raise their games?
For the industrial strategy to succeed in increasing UK productivity, the new chair of the Industrial Strategy Council must follow three core principles.
Paul Swinney addresses some of the responses to our analysis of the productivity ‘long tail’
The 'long tail' of low productivity firms will not be answer to the productivity puzzle, instead the focus should be on the firms that export goods and services locally and beyond.
A greater focus on manufacturing will not bring greater prosperity to people living in struggling cities
Distinctiveness should be the by-product of a successful strategy — not the overarching goal
Cities need to address the skills gaps which prevent many people making the most of existing connections
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Focusing on the ‘everyday economy’ will not deliver the productivity boost that the Industrial Strategy hopes to achieve
Burnley’s economic performance highlights the dangers of over-reliance on traditional manufacturing
While arguments rage about how the Stronger Towns Fund came about and the size of it, the more fundamental question is what should it be spent on?
Honda’s news shows the need for places to prepare for the eventual loss of their largest employers. But many cities do the exact opposite
The apparent decline of the manufacturing sector has led some to think it needs a boost - but economic prosperity is more likely to come from other sectors.
Are towns hampered by the success of nearby cities - or could towns actually benefit from being located near a city?
Together with increasing graduate retention, another common thing we hear about skills is that having a university is a ‘must have’ for places to build a strong, thriving economy. Yet, the...
Many have puzzled over why the UK’s productivity performance is so bleak. While the latest OECD research suggests the gap between France and the UK is smaller than previously thought due to...
If cities don’t spend money on local firms, does money then ‘leak’ out to other areas? This Christmas, consumers are being encouraged perhaps more than ever to buy locally or even to use...
One of the things we often hear is that cities need to focus on keeping hold of the graduates that their universities produce, stemming a brain drain away from the city once they have...