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    1. August 26, 2015

      Enterprise zones attract £2.2bn investment since launch in 2012

      England’s enterprise zones got off to a slow start from their launch in 2012 but according to government figures...

    2. August 5, 2015

      Battle begins to revitalise empty high streets

      Struggling high street retailers are to be boosted in their battle to compete with online rivals and out-of-town retail...

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    1. July 26, 2015

      Baby steps on the long road to devolution

      Liberated from the constraints of coalition and untroubled by serious opposition, George Osborne has bold plans for...

    2. July 6, 2015

      Osborne to try to abolish Sunday trading laws

      George Osborne will offer to rip up the remaining restrictions on Sunday trading in Wednesday’s Budget in a move that...

    3. July 5, 2015

      Close Brothers turns Regional Growth Fund grants to SME loans

      Britain’s regional manufacturers have secured almost £200m of financing through government grants channelled via...

    4. June 28, 2015

      Business wants money committed to UK’s north

      Business wants the UK government to back up with funds its talk of a Northern Powerhouse, to improve the region’s...

    5. June 21, 2015

      Wood pellets add fuel to fire in Liverpool port expansion

      The port of Liverpool is building a £100m terminal to handle wood pellets for the Drax power plant on the east coast,...

    6. June 21, 2015

      Cameron’s pledge to upgrade trains in the north faces big test

      The prime minister’s commitment to improve trains in northern England is facing a big test as civil servants warn of...

    7. May 29, 2015

      ‘Innovation map’ reveals wide spread of UK enterprise

      Oxfordshire has the most innovative economy in Britain, while areas such as Merseyside and Teesside outperform London...

    8. May 27, 2015

      David Cameron lays out agenda to ‘renew’ UK in Queen’s Speech

      David Cameron vowed on Wednesday to reset relations with the EU, recast the United Kingdom and invigorate the economy,...

    9. May 24, 2015

      UK councils join forces to qualify for regional spending powers

      Birmingham and its six neighbouring councils will formally bury old rivalries this week, joining forces in the hope of...

    10. May 14, 2015

      Cities unshackled from Whitehall’s dead hand

      It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that Britain suffers from too much centralisation. “Zipf’s Law” — a rule...

    11. May 14, 2015

      Experts unlikely to recommend either way on Sirius potash project

      The mining company trying to construct Britain’s largest mine in the North York Moors national park has been told...

    12. May 7, 2015

      Easy money helps angels of the north fly into start-ups

      For the past six years, the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme has been credited with, and blamed for,...

    13. April 20, 2015

      Chinese buyer signals NE England’s leading role in ocean machines

      The recent £130m purchase by a Chinese company of a British pioneer in advanced underwater machines illustrates how...

    14. April 16, 2015

      Northeast business in battle to win foreign direct investment

      Northeast England has a strong record of winning inward investment. Nissan’s £3.5bn Sunderland plant, now the UK’s...

    15. April 13, 2015

      Business activity jumps in England and Wales

      Business activity in England is rising at its fastest rate for seven months and in Wales is at its highest since July...

    16. April 8, 2015

      Fund boosts Wales biotech sector

      A £100m plan to build the UK’s first three proton beam therapy centres not only heralds a breakthrough in cancer care,...

    17. March 30, 2015

      UK start-ups soar despite tech bubble fears

      One in 11 people of working age in Britain are running or starting a business, suggesting the country is becoming the...

    18. March 29, 2015

      City offices and West End shops face steep rise in business rates

      Shops in London’s West End — particularly those in Bond Street — are set to be the big losers from the revaluation of...

    19. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Regional tech hubs get funding boost

      George Osborne has announced increased funding for regional technology hubs across the UK as the chancellor looked to...

    20. March 4, 2015

      Study recasts innovation as main driver of regional divide

      Blaming the emergence of a north-south divide in England on the decline of manufacturing is far too simplistic,...

    21. March 2, 2015

      More English devolution could add £144bn to economy, survey says

      Modest English devolution could add £144bn to the UK economy by 2020 by handing greater spending control to the...

    22. February 26, 2015

      UK government blocks local decisions on EU funds

      Ministers have angered English councils and economic development bodies by saying only London would be allowed to...

    23. February 18, 2015

      Public services in danger without devolution, says report

      Some public services will collapse if the next government does not pursue radical devolution of powers, funding and...

    24. February 8, 2015

      UK city council leaders call for Scottish-style tax powers

      The leaders of the UK’s biggest economies outside London have called for Scottish-style tax powers to encourage growth....

    25. February 2, 2015

      Aberdeen pushes for ‘City Deal’ package and hope of £2bn funding

      Aberdeen leaders have used an oil summit with UK and Scottish political leaders to push the city’s case for a “City...

    26. January 30, 2015

      London mayor’s vision for Olympicopolis gathers steam

      To Boris Johnson, it is to be a “pole of attraction” for east London, a cultural palace “of a kind to knock the...

    27. January 20, 2015

      UK’s coastal fringe battles to reinvent itself

      On one side of the Port of Lowestoft is a pier featuring a rundown arcade filled with slot machines and traditional...

    28. January 19, 2015

      European Investment Bank confirms continued support for UK regions

      EU funds that are among the largest supporters of small businesses in northern England will continue and could be...

    29. January 19, 2015

      Coventry: historic engineering centre builds on its strengths

      Workers at City Link might be surprised to hear that Coventry is one of the best places outside southeast England in...

    30. January 19, 2015

      UK cities survey finds north-south divide increasingly entrenched

      The north-south divide is becoming “increasingly entrenched”, according to an annual survey of the fortunes of British...

    31. January 8, 2015

      Tories in northern blitz to woo region’s voters

      The first week of general election campaigning has seen a northern “blitz” by the Conservative party to boost regional...

    32. December 23, 2014

      Deal elusive after all-night talks on Northern Ireland

      The future of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government was at stake on Tuesday as the province’s political leaders...

    33. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: North gains in search for regional balance

      George Osborne trumpeted investment in transport, science, culture and businesses in northern England, saying the...

    34. December 3, 2014

      Autumn statement 2014: Q&A – What’s in a ‘northern powerhouse’?

      George Osborne promised his Autumn Statement would focus on the north of England, helping lay the foundation of a...

    35. November 11, 2014

      Second wave of UK enterprise zones planned

      Eric Pickles is pressing for a second tranche of enterprise zones as part of the government’s push to devolve more...

    36. November 6, 2014

      Birmingham and Black Country put forward combined authority plan

      Birmingham and the neighbouring Black Country have buried historic rivalries and agreed to form a combined authority of...

    37. October 30, 2014

      Greater Manchester to get new powers

      George Osborne is to announce plans for a new mayor of Greater Manchester and a package of additional powers for the...

    38. October 26, 2014

      HS2 hailed a ‘catalyst’ for northern growth and other rail links

      Britain’s proposed high-speed north-south rail line is a catalyst for a much bigger process of economic change that...

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