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  1. April 11, 2014

    UK’s Elstree Studios begins multimillion-pound expansion

    Charlie Chaplin is said to have described it as the “home of the British film industry”, a British Hollywood where Alfred...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Ian Hamilton Fazey OBE, 1942-2014, FT correspondent

    Ian Hamilton Fazey, who has died aged 71, was awarded an OBE for services to journalism that featured a 20 year association...

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  1. Investing in Britain

    Encouraging signs of health in the UK economy suggest the country is moving into recov...
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  1. April 8, 2014

    Whitehall should set UK’s cities free

    It is hard these days to find a British politician who disagrees with the idea of devolution. A steady stream of proposals...

  2. April 7, 2014

    Labour vows to spread wealth away from London

    Ed Miliband will today promise the “biggest devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities in a hundred years”, as...

  3. April 7, 2014

    Only 1 in 10 councils uses powers to cut local business rates

    Only one in 10 councils have used the powers given to them by the coalition to cut business rates to help companies,...

  4. April 3, 2014

    Minister proposes university campuses to revive towns

    A minister has urged the creation of university campuses in economic “cold spots” in a bid to revive towns needing...

  5. March 30, 2014

    UK austerity towns keep afloat as bigger wave approaches

    A year after the most stringent round of benefit changes for more than 60 years took effect, hard-pressed communities are...

  6. March 28, 2014

    Northeast England worried about Scottish devolution issue

    The economic threat to the north of England from an increasingly powerful Scotland will increase whatever the outcome of...

  7. March 25, 2014

    Ministers warn over £2bn regional growth bids

    Ministers may refuse to hand out £2bn of money allocated to help boost economies outside London, after judging many of the...

  8. March 16, 2014

    Hopes for phoenix from the ashes of Newcastle’s urban decline

    The fall and rise of Scotswood The Rise is an eye-catching Newcastle development with views over the River Tyne. Boosted by...

  9. March 16, 2014

    Bristol set to enter arena stakes at last

    Bristol is the only one of the UK’s big cities not to have a purpose-built indoor arena. That is all about to change, with...

  10. March 12, 2014

    Osborne ‘fights hard’ to keep science jobs after AstraZeneca deal

    George Osborne said he was “fighting hard” to keep science jobs in the northwest, after AstraZeneca struck a deal to sell...

  11. March 10, 2014

    England’s northeast fears economic isolation

    There are spluttering tractors, caravans and lorries pegged to a 40 mile an hour speed limit; sections of the A1 in...

  12. March 5, 2014

    Birmingham sells NEC to settle equal pay bill

    Birmingham city council will sell the NEC national exhibition centre, one of the city’s landmark properties, to help meet a...

  13. February 25, 2014

    ‘Significant’ amount of £2.6bn Regional Growth Fund is unspent

    Most of a £2.6bn government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, while the cost of creating jobs has...

  14. February 23, 2014

    Salmond calls independence threat to North Sea oil ‘nonsensical’

    Scotland’s first minister has dismissed as “nonsensical” the idea that Scottish independence would undermine exploitation of...

  15. February 17, 2014

    Liverpool and Glasgow’s rival revivals have great deal in common

    Liverpool and Glasgow are so alike they could almost be twins. The west coast ports share Irish influence, football and a...

  16. February 16, 2014

    Mittelstand looks to make its mark

    The Mittelstand has come to the UK Midlands with several of Germany’s leading companies preaching the merits of the midsized...

  17. February 14, 2014

    Flooded town finds its own resources to fight against disaster

    Slideshow: A village in distress On Tuesday morning Steevan Glover knew the battle was lost. Seeing a pool of water bubbling...

  18. February 13, 2014

    UK considers asking Brussels for flood aid

    Storms leave thousands without power The UK will apply to the European Union for money to help with the aftermath of recent...

  19. February 12, 2014

    Mark Carney warns on economic impact of UK flooding

    The Bank of England’s governor has said that flooding across southern England “will affect the near-term outlook”, in...

  20. February 10, 2014

    Private sector takes off in southwest England despite flooding

    Southwest England was the UK region with the fastest-growing private sector business activity last month despite flooding in...

  21. February 9, 2014

    Eric Pickles apologises to flood victims over lack of dredging

    Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, has apologised “unreservedly” to residents of southwestern England affected by...

  22. February 7, 2014

    Cameron and the case for the union

    In seven months the people of Scotland will vote in a referendum on whether to break away from the United Kingdom and form...

  23. February 6, 2014

    Floods reopen debate between farmers and conservationists

    The floods that battered the UK have produced a deluge of government funding promises this week, from 42 new protection...

  24. January 27, 2014

    Tungsten miner hardens big plans in Devon

    No metals mine has opened in the UK for more than 40 years. But within 18 months an Australian company expects to be...

  25. January 27, 2014

    Recovery widens gap between London and other UK cities

    Economic recovery is widening the gap between London and other UK cities, with the capital creating far more new jobs,...

  26. January 20, 2014

    Alistair Carmichael warns Scotland against EU hopes

    An independent Scotland faces “many hurdles” before it can join the EU, the UK’s secretary of state for Scotland warned...

  27. January 19, 2014

    Kent research site survives ‘Armageddon’

    It was described as “Armageddon” for those affected and a “body blow” for the economy of east Kent. When Pfizer, the US...

  28. January 15, 2014

    Birmingham council considers NEC sell-off

    Birmingham city council has appointed advisers to sell its stake in the National Exhibition Centre to help meet a £1bn equal...

  29. December 26, 2013

    Enterprise zones fall short on jobs targets

    David Cameron’s new wave of 24 enterprise zones is falling far short of the government’s targets for job creation, with...

  30. December 26, 2013

    Opinion divided on success of enterprise zones

    Enterprise zones policy can take longer to yield results than politicians imagine. Zones with established infrastructure...

  31. December 22, 2013

    Manchester tram system comes of age after 21 years

    For Steph Engels it allows an extra half-hour in bed. For Momnah Yasin, it makes studying easier at one of Britain’s best...

  32. December 19, 2013

    London ‘draining life’ from rest of UK, says Vince Cable

    Vince Cable, the business secretary, has sparked a fierce debate over London’s dominant role in the British economy, after...

  33. December 18, 2013

    ONS admits gaffe on Scottish growth data

    The Office for National Statistics was forced into a humiliating retreat on Wednesday as it confirmed it would correct...

  34. December 11, 2013

    London leaves regions trailing in race for donations to the arts

    The widening gap between London and the rest of the UK is apparent not only in regional economic output, but in the more...

  35. December 11, 2013

    London’s economic dominance of the UK grows

    Britain needs a “fundamentally different economic model,” David Cameron told the CBI employers’ group in October. “We need a...

  36. December 9, 2013

    Birmingham city council to axe 1,000 more jobs

    Birmingham city council is to cut a further 1,000 jobs as the UK’s largest local authority warned it was close to axing some...

  37. December 6, 2013

    Coalition’s initiatives slow to create jobs, says UK watchdog

    The coalition’s efforts to boost local growth in England have been slow to create jobs and have yet to demonstrate they are...

  38. November 28, 2013

    Manchester trumps Merseyside with Chinese backing for regeneration

    When Manchester announced plans in October for a large Chinese-backed industrial park at its airport, the £650m project...

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