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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While the UK has fantastic digital infrastructure, a divide remains between people who can afford high speed connections and those who can't.
Discussions on R&D spending need to move beyond geographic imbalances in public funding if they are to help policy makers encourage innovation in other parts of the country.
Skills are a key determinant of the success of people and places. Levelling up must address the root causes that are holding cities and large towns back.
What the Chancellor needs to focus on in the Spending Review 2020 to put local economies in the best position to bounce back, level up and decarbonise.
A 10-point plan for ensuring that a reformed business rates system puts local economic growth at its heart.
Business rates are one of the most important taxes for local government, yet our current system has come under huge scrutiny in recent years. The tax has been blamed for the struggles of...
Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt on the future of UK infrastructure.
Join us for this City Horizons event with the Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council
Government R&D investment should recognise the link between a place's innovative businesses and its broader economic success.
Claims by ministers that freeports will create hotbeds of innovation in deprived areas do not reflect the realities of where innovation happens.