Insights

14
Oct

Green light for the National Infrastructure Commission

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Over the last few months, there has been much speculation over the future of major infrastructure schemes and the wider Northern Powerhouse and devolution agenda. When Theresa May became Prime Minister, it was only natural that some questioned whether it would spell the end for George Osborne’s flagship projects, especially as Mrs May’s rhetoric at […]

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11
Aug

Devolution: is Manchester no longer the chosen one?

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There has been a lot of discussion over the fate of the Northern Powerhouse since Theresa May’s coronation as Prime Minister. Despite the appointment of a new Northern Powerhouse minister, Mrs May has apparently distanced herself from the policy programme by creating the Cabinet Committee on Economy and Industrial Strategy, which seeks to deliver an […]

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04
Aug

Manchester Business and Westminster: when opportunity knocks

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Greater Manchester’s business community has requested evidence of the new Government’s commitment to investing in the city-region’s economic infrastructure. The three key areas of concern are: transport, broadband and infrastructure. In a joint statement, business leaders said: “Driving growth across the UK regions is critical for economic prosperity. Greater Manchester’s businesses help generate  £56bn for the economy  every year, […]

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27
Jul

Mr Hammond goes to China

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Over the years, Manchester has seen significant levels of EU investment into the city, ranging from Metrolink upgrades and the building of innovative science parks, to university research and city-centre regeneration projects. MediaCityUK, the Soapworks and Citylabs have all benefited from EU funds. Last week however, the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard […]

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08
Jun

A Powerhouse programme for Tees Valley

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Back to the future this week, as the Government once again wheeled out Lord Heseltine to deal with questions of regional investment and growth – a Conservative strategy dating back to at least 1981. His Tees Valley: Opportunity Unlimited report was commissioned in response to the closure of the steelworks. After a bit of unapologetic […]

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03
Jun

‘Continental’ Powerhouse?

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The Centre for Cities, which aims to help improve the economic performance of UK cities, has released a report which looks at how the Northern Powerhouse compares with the Randstad, in the Netherlands, and the Rhine-Rhur, in Germany; both of which represent similar areas that are made up of a number of cities. Perhaps the […]

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12
May

Bradford: the next stop for the Northern Powerhouse?

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Following a tumultuous few weeks, this week saw yet another upset on the Bradford political scene. At the Bradford Labour Group’s AGM, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe was elected as its new leader, ousting incumbent Cllr Dave Green in the process.  Cllr Hinchcliffe is expected to be formally nominated as the Leader of Bradford Council when its […]

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24
Mar

Northern Powerhouse update – is Osborne finally putting his money where his mouth is?

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Yesterday, the Treasury published its new National Infrastructure Delivery Plan , which outlines, in one document, plans to support large-scale housing and regeneration, as well as investment in new schools, hospitals, and prisons in the UK. Within this, Mr Osborne has been keen to re-emphasise the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse. Since the announcement […]

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24
Mar

Where’s the deal for Leeds?

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Despite dedicating a section of his Budget to devolution, there was no mention from George Osborne about any deal for Leeds. The devolution agenda has managed to bridge party lines in many areas, especially between the Conservative government and Labour-run local authorities, but politics now appears to be hindering progress on a devolution deal which […]

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16
Mar

A Budget for the North?

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The Northern Powerhouse is now an integral part of the political lexicon, much talked about among the national and local media. That is, perhaps, phase one of the scheme complete. But now people are asking for more than just brand awareness: they want to know what the Government actually plans to do. Thankfully, we’ve just […]

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