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    1. August 13, 2016

      Scientists welcome Brexit funding commitment

      Scientists have welcomed a government commitment to underwrite all research funding commitments made before Britain...

    2. August 7, 2016

      Restored cotton mill to drive rebirth of textiles industry

      Cotton-spinning has returned to Manchester after a near-30 year hiatus after growing international demand for...

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    1. London and the World

      Exploring the global city, from ‘superdiversity’, the housing crisis and the capital’s...
    2. Investing in Britain

      Encouraging signs of health in the UK economy suggest the country is moving into recov...
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    1. August 5, 2016

      Manchester frets over loss of powerhouse status

      Greater Manchester is to deploy a secret weapon — a Conservative council leader — to convince the government that it...

    2. July 29, 2016

      Regions seek guarantees over EU funding

      Billions of EU funding for projects in the English regions could be at risk, according to council leaders, who fear...

    3. July 22, 2016

      Funding concerns for UK’s northern business after Brexit vote

      Vital funding for small businesses in the north of England could be interrupted after the government said it could not...

    4. July 14, 2016

      Britain’s chance to show the world how to do stimulus

      The UK has become an un­welcome case study in populism and political disaffection. Given the challenges facing the...

    5. July 9, 2016

      Government ‘keen to devolve more to London’

      The government has said it is willing to agree to London mayor Sadiq Khan’s demands for more control over public...

    6. June 21, 2016

      Retail and office regeneration offers hope for Redcar

      Almost a decade after the closure of a steel mill in a Yorkshire town, the site has been replaced by a retail and...

    7. June 14, 2016

      The Leave camp’s Brexit funding promise

      Ministers who support Brexit said on Tuesday that recipients of EU funding will continue to receive equally generous...

    8. June 6, 2016

      Brexiteers claim costs of staying in EU are set to rise

      Campaigners for Britain to leave the EU launched a drive to show that the costs of staying in are set to rise — claims...

    9. Fast FT

      May 25, 2016

      ONS: UK makes £7.1bn net contribution to EU

      There is less than a month to go until the UK’s EU membership referendum and, as both the Leave and Remain camps throw...

    10. April 14, 2016

      Cheshire bioscience hub hopes to rival Oxford and Cambridge

      North-west England can create an international life-sciences hub to rival Oxford and Cambridge, says the head of a...

    11. April 7, 2016

      Welsh motor-racing circuit project loses state support

      A project to build a motor-racing circuit in south Wales has been forced to go “back to the drawing board” after the...

    12. April 6, 2016

      Heseltine looks to Canary Wharf for estuary inspiration

      An ambitious plan to revive a sprawling swath of the Thames estuary draws inspiration from Britain’s first office...

    13. April 6, 2016

      Byker estate marks end of £10m refurbishment

      One of the most eye-catching and colourful social housing schemes of 20th century Britain completed a two-year £10m...

    14. March 27, 2016

      Regional museums hardest hit by cuts

      The UK has a huge trove of museums. From Stone Age and Roman artefacts to decorative arts and rural life, there are...

    15. March 24, 2016

      Osborne’s devolution plans hit by dissenting councils

      George Osborne’s “devolution revolution” has become the latest Treasury policy to run into trouble in the face of Tory...

    16. March 17, 2016

      Manchester’s criminal justice devolution yet to be ‘worked out’

      Plans to devolve powers over criminal justice have still to be “worked out”, the Ministry of Justice conceded on...

    17. March 16, 2016

      Dyson gains £16m in Budget 2016 to develop long-lasting batteries

      Sir James Dyson, one of Britain’s best- known living inventors, scooped a £16m grant in the 2016 Budget to support...

    18. March 14, 2016

      Public-private partnerships fuel growth of UK biotech clusters

      It is three years this week since AstraZeneca announced the closure of its main UK research and development centre in...

    19. February 29, 2016

      The Tories do care about the north, but there is more to do

      The Tories are screwing the north — that is what the headline “Northern Poorhouse” on the front page of today’s...

    20. February 24, 2016

      Manchester airport calls for tax holiday on new long-haul routes

      The head of Manchester airport is calling for an airport tax holiday on new long haul routes and publishing data that...

    21. February 21, 2016

      Tourism outside London at highest level since financial crisis

      Foreign tourists who for years have flocked to London for a concentrated dose of shopping, theatre, museums and...

    22. February 19, 2016

      Regeneration of cities expands ranks of fast-growing businesses

      The billboard greeting people arriving at Leeds railway station points to how the economy is changing. Beside a picture...

    23. February 18, 2016

      Feelgood Leicester offers hope for rebalancing UK economy

      Peter Soulsby, the mayor of Leicester, has the look of a man who cannot believe his luck. Less than 12 months after the...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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