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
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 #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...
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...
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #2: Better transport connections between cities will help improve the economy
It's often claimed that one reason cities in the North of England lag behind the rest of the country is that the transport connections between these cities are poor. Improving infrastructure –...