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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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....

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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