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In this issue

Economy: The city has defied many bleak predictions

Politics: The area’s politicians seek to build strong local voice in a global world

City with good fundamentals faces up to testing times

Amid the general aura of prosperity, there are pockets of deprivation

Economy: The aim is to spread growth beyond centre

The city has defied many bleak predictions, writes Andrew Bounds

Matt Colledge

Politics: Seeking to build strong local voice in a global world

Andrew Bounds looks at how the combined authority and mayors work in practice

Sport: Rivalries put investments at fever pitch

Healthy revenues are flowing in, says Andrew Bounds

Chris Oglesby
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Bruntwood: Property group sees future in city centres

Andrew Bounds profiles a family business with an original approach

Media: People and place create a magnet

Andrew Bounds looks at the effect the sector is having on the city

White collar: Spinningfields is emblematic of services’ role

Region has appeal beyond the legal and finance sectors, says William Hall

Education: A lesson the city could teach the world

William Hall looks at the one of the most important export sectors

Quality of life: A world of culture on your doorstep

Visitors and city dwellers are spoilt for choice, writes Kevin Gopal