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    1. January 28, 2016

      Tories to close Sheffield business department

      The UK business department is closing its office in Sheffield — its largest outside London — in what is likely to be...

    2. January 17, 2016

      Northern Ireland must grasp the chance of a fresh start

      Eighteen years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland continues to enjoy the peace that...

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      Exploring the global city, from ‘superdiversity’, the housing crisis and the capital’s...
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      Encouraging signs of health in the UK economy suggest the country is moving into recov...
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    1. January 12, 2016

      Storm brews over collapsed Yorkshire bridge

      A famously parsimonious Yorkshire brewery is refusing to allow a temporary replacement for a bridge damaged by recent...

    2. January 2, 2016

      David Cameron promises £40m to fix UK flood defences

      Flood defences battered by Storm Eva will be fixed and bolstered under a £40m package announced by Prime Minister David...

    3. January 1, 2016

      Subsidies encourage housebuilding on floodplains, report finds

      The UK taxpayer is left to pick up the cost of flooding because housebuilders do not contribute enough when building...

    4. December 28, 2015

      Flooding prompts accusations over upkeep of defences

      It was a business decision that proved critical. Opening for an extra hour on Boxing Day saved Matthew Pedder’s...

    5. December 27, 2015

      Floods to swamp north with £1bn-plus bill

      UK floods: in pictures Northern England’s biggest cities and towns are facing a billion-pound economic blow after...

    6. December 14, 2015

      The UK’s growing divide between north and south

      The north of England has long struggled to come to terms with the decline of industries on which its prosperity was...

    7. December 9, 2015

      Key part of Cable’s industrial strategy scrapped

      The business department has quietly reversed a central part of Vince Cable’s industrial strategy by shutting down a...

    8. December 9, 2015

      UK’s north-south divide widens

      Chancellor George Osborne’s pledge to create a “Northern Powerhouse” in the UK was undermined by official data on...

    9. December 3, 2015

      UK public services: Reshaping the state

      From championing free trade to its leading role in the Suffragette movement, Manchester, in England’s industrial north,...

    10. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: Osborne pledges more funds for Northern Powerhouse

      George Osborne, the UK chancellor, claimed to be making the biggest effort for 50 years to close the north-south divide...

    11. November 12, 2015

      North-east suffers further job losses as potash mine cuts staff

      The UK’s only potash mine has announced it is cutting 360 jobs, one-third of its workforce, dealing a further blow to...

    12. October 27, 2015

      Northern Powerhouse project challenged by ‘early years gap’

      England’s north-south divide is entrenched almost from birth, according to a report that highlights the stark gap in...

    13. October 23, 2015

      Talk of northern powerhouse yet to be matched with serious cash

      Xi Jinping, China’s president, will conclude his four-day state visit to Britain in Manchester on Friday, with a...

    14. September 23, 2015

      Jim O’Neill defends Osborne’s praise for China

      Lord O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs chief economist, says he is “baffled”. In his new role as a Treasury minister,...

    15. September 13, 2015

      Tax clampdown threatens to sink inner city revival

      The government has been marketing a property scheme aimed at encouraging inward investment, but the project is clashing...

    16. September 9, 2015

      Lack of cash hampers northern tech push, says quango chief

      A low profile and lack of cash are the main barriers to replicating London’s successful technology industry in the...

    17. September 8, 2015

      Prince Andrew hunts for entrepreneurs in Manchester

      Prince Andrew swapped St James’s Palace for a cavernous former television warehouse in industrial north Manchester as...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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