Despite the continued strength of cities in the Greater South East, some of them have seen their populations fall
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Our survey of leaders found that there was a general consensus on the importance of skills to achieving inclusive growth and supporting their economies - and there's huge appetite to take control of skills policy.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #9: A close relationship with a city is bad for a town’s economy
Are towns hampered by the success of nearby cities - or could towns actually benefit from being located near a city?
The long-awaited government white paper on immigration offered some respite for cities which rely on high skilled European workers - but it wasn't all good news, especially for the lower-skilled.
City TalksCity Talks: A mind of its own – uncovering the psychology of cities
This episode of City Talks explores whether differences in the personality traits of citizens can explain variations in economic outcomes between cities – beyond the standard wisdom offered by economic geography.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #7: You need a university to have a strong economy
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...
The Government yesterday unveiled its plan to adapt employment practices to the changing world of work, addressing the needs of new, emerging business models and of those workers on zero-hours...
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #6: We should focus on the ‘long tail’ to solve the UK’s productivity problem
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...
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #3: Cities must boost their graduate retention rates
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...
Technological change is revolutionising the way we work, but the ‘rise of the robots’ is strengthening – not undermining – the role cities play as drivers of economic growth