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    1. 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 of...

    2. 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 planning...

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      Encouraging signs of health in the UK economy suggest the country is moving into recov...
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    1. 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, many of...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 largest...

    4. 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 2014,...

    5. 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, but...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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, according to...

    10. 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 regions,...

    11. 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 decide how...

    12. 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 taxes to...

    13. 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....

    14. 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 Deal”...

    15. February 1, 2015

      Cash-strapped councils to raise billions with new municipal bonds

      Britain’s local authorities are on the verge of creating a multibillion-pound municipal bond market, amid growing friction...

    16. 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 Pompidou...

    17. 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...

    18. 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 extended...

    19. 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 which...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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 “northern...

    24. 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 “northern...

    25. 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 power to...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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 should...

    29. October 26, 2014

      Businesses in UK regions choose sides in London airport battle

      Britain’s regional businesses are choosing sides in the battle between Heathrow and Gatwick over airport expansion in...

    30. October 24, 2014

      True northerners must resist this Manchester land-grab

      Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist, has a way with a catchy mnemonic. He coined the term “Brics” for the newly...

    31. October 3, 2014

      Business in generational struggle to defend free market, says IoD

      The head of a top UK business lobby said on Friday that corporate Britain was in a “generational struggle” to defend free...

    32. September 29, 2014

      Is it London’s turn for devolution?

      Politicians and business leaders in London could be forgiven for feeling frustrated. The capital is overwhelmingly the most...

    33. September 28, 2014

      George Osborne pins UK’s hopes of economic recovery on the North

      Graphene, the “wonder material” discovered at Manchester University is superstrong, superthin, superconductive and could be...

    34. September 15, 2014

      Call to devolve powers to English cities

      English cities – starting with Greater Manchester – must enjoy the same powers as Scotland and other devolved regions,...

    35. September 8, 2014

      Cameron urged to give new powers to English city-regions

      With the Scottish referendum only days away, David Cameron, UK prime minister, is now facing calls to give new tax-raising...

    36. August 31, 2014

      Small business federation warns on Leps’ transparency

      Billions of pounds of public money are to be channelled through bodies that do not publish accounts, the Federation of Small...

    37. August 31, 2014

      Regional growth divides underlined

      The economies of Manchester, Birmingham and Milton Keynes expanded more rapidly than anywhere outside London over the past...

    38. August 19, 2014

      Chuka Umunna says UK economic rebalancing ‘mired in chaos’

      Efforts to rebalance the UK economy away from London and the southeast using a regional growth fund have been “mired in...

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