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  1. September 19, 2014

    UK government under pressure over English devolution

    The Scottish independence referendum has placed the UK government under intensifying pressure for change to the way state...

  2. September 17, 2014

    The time is ripe for English devolution

    The three parties’ offer of more devolved powers to Scotland may well help secure a No vote in the referendum. It also means...

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  1. Investing in Britain

    Encouraging signs of health in the UK economy suggest the country is moving into recov...
  2. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

    The winners of the awards provide ample evidence of UK businesses’ ability to innovate...
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  1. 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,...

  2. September 11, 2014

    The world is saying No to Scottish separation

    The great thing about democracy is that you can change your mind. It makes space for spasms of anger as well as cool...

  3. 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...

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    Billions of pounds of public money are to be channelled through bodies that do not publish accounts, the Federation of Small...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. August 15, 2014

    Overcrowded Snowdon poses safety risk

    Booming numbers of tourists attempting to climb Snowdon have caused a rise in preventable accidents, the British...

  8. July 20, 2014

    Manchester united in its model of city governance

    Manchester has earned the praise of George Osborne with its pioneering “super council” that pools the resources of 10...

  9. July 20, 2014

    UK attracts record number of foreign investment projects

    The UK has attracted the largest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, according to...

  10. July 18, 2014

    Wales grows in confidence as politicians seek more powers

    During four years of austerity under the Conservative-led coalition, it has been easy for the Labour government in Wales to...

  11. July 14, 2014

    Northeast England maintains lead in business activity growth

    Northeast England achieved the UK’s fastest rise in business activity for a second consecutive month in June, reinforcing...

  12. July 13, 2014

    Hadrian’s Wall Trust knocked down as spending cuts bite

    Hadrian’s Wall, one of the northernmost boundaries of the Roman Empire, is renowned worldwide but the organisation...

  13. July 9, 2014

    MPs urge ministers to devolve more powers to English regions

    MPs have urged ministers to show the same enthusiasm for devolving fiscal and spending powers in England as they have in...

  14. July 7, 2014

    Millions in the UK training for non-existent jobs

    Within a decade millions of people in the UK will have qualifications for non-existent jobs, the new chairman of the Local...

  15. July 7, 2014

    £6bn fund announced for English regions

    Ministers are setting out plans for £6bn of investment in new homes, transport links and training across England as the...

  16. July 4, 2014

    ‘Game of Thrones’ brings fantastical footfall to Northern Ireland

    It is at the Dark Hedges, the last stop of the day, that Fazila Husain has her little epiphany. A busload of Game of Thrones...

  17. July 2, 2014

    UK business clusters need help to grow, says study

    Britain has 31 business clusters that contribute significantly to the economy but more needs to be done to help them grow,...

  18. June 23, 2014

    Kittiwake colony thrives in Newcastle

    On the Tyne Bridge, ten miles from their normal coastal habitat, what is thought to be the world’s most inland kittiwake...

  19. Off Message

    June 23, 2014

    The future of the English city is Mancunian

    Not a single track has been laid for High Speed 2 and yet George Osborne is already talking about “High Speed 3″, an...

  20. June 23, 2014

    George Osborne to propose Leeds-Manchester ‘HS3’ rail link

    On Monday the UK chancellor will float the idea of building a high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds as part of...

  21. June 20, 2014

    ‘Crossrail of the North’ suggested to boost economic integration

    Lay a London Underground map on the north of England, and the length of the Central Line stretches from Manchester to Leeds....

  22. June 20, 2014

    A great northern conurbation

    Remember ‘Prezzagrad’? Labour’s John Prescott in 2004 outlined a vision of an 80-mile conurbation stretching across northern...

  23. June 19, 2014

    Welsh valleys have economic mountain to climb

    The south Wales valleys have proved stubbornly hard to regenerate, with higher rates of benefit claimants than other former...

  24. June 18, 2014

    Local growth fund set to announce £2bn winning bids

    Winning bids for a £2bn pot of central government money to be handed over to English regions will be announced next month,...

  25. June 18, 2014

    UK interest rate rise ‘would hit Scottish recovery’

    Scotland’s economic recovery would be put at risk if the Bank of England raised interest rates to cool London property...

  26. June 13, 2014

    Senior managers removed from Glasgow ‘smart cities’ project

    Glasgow City Council has parted company with the five most senior members of its “smart cities” team, two months before the...

  27. June 9, 2014

    Cameron sees devolution to England’s cities as ‘the future’

    David Cameron gave his strongest commitment yet to devolving power from London to England’s cities as he said local decision...

  28. June 9, 2014

    Northeast England leads the way in business activity growth

    Northeast England achieved the fastest growth in business activity last month for the first time in almost four years,...

  29. May 23, 2014

    Long live borough hall – it is working better than Whitehall

    It would be easy to write off this week’s local elections as irrelevant. By common consent, the UK is a highly centralised...

  30. May 16, 2014

    Coalition’s attempts to boost regional growth criticised

    Billions of pounds set aside to boost economic growth in the English regions remain unspent while progress in creating jobs...

  31. May 15, 2014

    EuroMillions couple give further donation to SNP of £1m

    A couple who won more than £160m on the lottery have made an additional donation to the Scottish National party of £1m,...

  32. May 13, 2014

    Under quarter outside London believe capital aids local economy

    Fewer than a quarter of people living outside London believe the capital benefits their local economy, though most...

  33. May 8, 2014

    Labour calls for shake-up to UK local enterprise partnerships

    England’s complex web of 39 local enterprise partnerships should be rationalised into a smaller number of bodies with extra...

  34. May 6, 2014

    UK cities need devolution of powers and links to London to succeed

    Devolution of powers and proximity to London are the two main success factors for UK cities, according to new research. A...

  35. April 29, 2014

    London leads way in services recruitment

    London added the largest number of jobs in financial and professional services as the UK emerged from recession, but...

  36. April 23, 2014

    Salmond marches south for St George’s day

    Sometime, in the 21 weeks that remain until the Scots vote on September 18 on independence, Alex Salmond will encounter a...

  37. April 21, 2014

    Queen’s Awards: Bespoke service lifts Travel Counsellors

    “Stack it high and sell it cheap” has been the mantra of high street travel agents for years, says David Speakman, 67,...

  38. April 21, 2014

    Antipathy towards London feeds interest in devolution

    Most voters want to see more powers devolved regionally and locally across England, a national opinion poll has found....

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