This briefing presents two new indexes to summarise and compare the performance of the UK's largest cities and towns. The findings have implications for policy, particularly the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.
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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.
The political imperative for investing in the North and Midlands is clear from last month’s election. But the Government must work with economic realities if it is to deliver for the voters who delivered its majority.
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Centre for Cities' Chief Executive Andrew Carter outlines what the Government needs to know before it can boost productivity.
Addressing the underperformance of big cities and city centres should be at the top of Andrea Leadsom’s priorities to deal with the UK’s lagging productivity.
A new academic paper claims that cities make businesses no more productive than other parts of the country. But is it all that is seems?
Encouraging innovation should be central to the Government’s Industrial Strategy. But who should foot the bill for interventions in innovation? This is a question highlighted in our recent work on the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Many areas will no doubt look to the West Midlands’ newly published local industrial strategy as a template, but they must identify what the barriers to high productivity businesses are in their own areas if they are to be useful