Burnley’s economic performance highlights the dangers of over-reliance on traditional manufacturing
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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
A conference to launch the findings of an expansive and unique historical dataset with University of Cambridge and supported by the ESRC
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #11: Bringing back manufacturing will make Britain great again
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.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #10: If you build it, they will come
Building costly museums and stadia are expected to bring with them economic gains, but the evidence tells another story.
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 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 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 #5: Public bodies should buy locally to support local economies
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...