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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Why investment in rural towns should focus on skills, health and social infrastructure.
Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel on the relationship between UK cities and towns and the implications this has for people and policy makers.
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Access to workers, and the skills of those workers, are two big differences between large cities in the UK, France and Germany.
Some argue that imbalances in the UK result from London’s overperformance, rather than the underperformance of the country’s next largest cities. Making comparisons with European cities suggests this isn’t the case.
It is well known that British cities do not get more productive as they get bigger. But a very different picture emerges when looking at city centres with implications for levelling up.
Senior Policy Officer Julieta Cuneo picks out key insights from our latest event exploring the dilemmas and tensions present within the levelling up agenda.
Red wall MPs point to the success of Sunderland’s Nissan plant as the model the current Government should replicate, but almost 40 years on the city is still in need of being ‘levelled up’.
Kathrin Enenkel explores the tense relationship between politics and economics within the Government's levelling up agenda.
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