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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Foreign investment is currently skewed towards the Greater South East, but policy will need to tackle the fundamental barriers to investment elsewhere rather than using subsidies and tax breaks if this is to change.
The Levelling Up White Paper is due out before the end of 2021 - here's everything you need to know
The Chancellor put increased spending on public services at the heart of his levelling up vision, but was quiet on productivity
A collection of views from urban leaders across the country in advance of the Levelling Up White Paper.
Andrew Carter speaks to policy experts Will Tanner, Carys Roberts and Nick Bowes, to get their views on what should be included in the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper.
Scotland is largely missing from discussions on levelling up. But levelling up the economy will require policy to pull up Glasgow.
Andrew Carter is joined by three experts to discuss what the German experience can teach the UK about levelling up.
UK policymakers can learn lessons from the German experience to help level up the UK economy
To level up the country, the Government should encourage the increasingly complex, high-skilled, high-paying sectors that are choosing to locate in big cities.
Levelling up should have three key metrics