The underperformance of big cities is at the heart of the North-South divide. If the Government is to ‘level up’ the economy then it needs to tackle this major economic problem.
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Mayors: the run-up to 2020Business rates reform would unlock opportunities for cities
Mike Spicer is the Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce. Here, he looks ahead to the government's review of business rates.
A workshop looking at the prospects for Swindon's urban centre
What is the best way to boost the economy and make the whole country more prosperous?
General Election 2019What should the new government do to help our high streets and city centres?
Not all high streets are struggling — those that are thriving are doing so because they function well as places of work. For this reason, policies to address the decline of high streets must also address the underlying economic causes if they are to be success.
Culture is an important part of urban life, but policymakers should avoid using state-backed cultural interventions to turn around the economy.
What’s so special about days and nights out in London? Lahari Ramuni explains that the city is a fun place to visit and to live because it’s a great place for work, not the other way round.
The launch of our latest research
Catch up with our event in Birmingham which discussed the role of civic and business leadership in delivering place-shaping strategies for city centres
Big data has much to tell us about how city economies work. Our Manchester and Sheffield case studies shed light on city centres as places of consumption