• How to drive a green recovery

    08 September 2020

    Ahmed Goga  explains the levers that local and central government policymakers can deploy to drive a green recovery through local enterprise.

  • A five point plan for economic revolution

    14 August 2020

    As the sparks a revolution in the way we live and work, Mark Bretton outlines the Local Enterprise Partnerships' five point plan for recovery

  • Tackling the economic impact of COVID in the Morecambe Bay region

    28 July 2020

    Matt Williams outlines how South Lakeland DC is working with other councils and agencies across the region to help businesses and residents withstand the crisis.

  • Government told to recommit to local industrial strategies

    17 July 2020

    Local industrial strategies (LIS) should be the ‘starting point for economic recovery plans,’ the Government has been told.

  • Call to 'shore up' worst-hit local economies

    22 May 2020

    The Government should ‘shore up’ the local economies worst affected by coronavirus before levelling up, the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) think-tank has said.

  • Supporting Hertfordshire’s growth in testing times

    12 May 2020

    Patsy Dell is determined to be successful as director of Hertfordshire growth – with the need to support the recovery of key sectors ‘now far more acute than it was at the start of 2020’.

  • #MyTown - a southern perspective

    24 February 2020

    There is a real risk of ministers overlooking areas in the South which are also in need of a leg up from Whitehall, says Corinne Day.

  • Hertfordshire’s growing gains

    28 January 2020

    Patsy Dell describes how collaborative working across the two-tier system has delivered a place-based programme that responds proactively to Hertfordshire’s growth ambitions and challenges.

  • If wholesale restructuring is done it must happen in a manner fit for the 21st century

    19 December 2019

    Jan Britton wonders what lies ahead for local government  - and asks if  the Government, ‘with its unlikely northern soul and mayoral roots’ will be the one to genuinely deliver on devolution.

  • Stoke considers EU funding extension application

    16 December 2019

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is expected to ask for an extension to EU funding to support small businesses.

  • Too many blurred lines

    26 November 2019

    It is ‘small wonder economic development has failed to deliver in so many places’, says Nigel Wilcox. His message to a future government is that a confusing landscape needs simplified – and combined authorities seem to provide the best solution.

  • Landscape to deliver growth 'needs simplified'

    26 November 2019

    The head of the Institute of Economic Development has hit out at England’s ‘dazzling array of bodies and schemes’ to deliver growth that are ‘confusing even to seasoned commentators’.

  • General Election brings uncertainty to improvement plan timetable

    19 November 2019

    Sheila Oxtoby says the General Election calls into question the timetable for starting work on a key project to improve the seafront in Great Yarmouth that would also provide a major year-round boost for the economy.

  • Lessons learned from two years of the State of Transformation

    13 November 2019

    Benjamin Taylor reviews the landscape of local government transformation over two years of case studies, conferences and academies. The picture that emerges is both a depressing and inspiring one.

  • Amid Brexit confusion, what about LEPs?

    25 September 2019

    Would it not be better to build strong, accountable devolution across the whole country and hand powers, responsibilities and funding to the combined authorities, asks Heather Jameson.

  • Staying centred on a ‘One North’ approach

    24 September 2019

    Melvyn Ingleson says the work to date of the Northern Powerhouse 11 Local Enterprise Partnership regions shows there is ‘real enthusiasm’ to deliver on a vision for the North of England.

  • It's time to go beyond GDP

    14 August 2019

    Methods such as GDP and GVA have been traditional ways of measuring what matters in our economy - but Andy Norman argues inclusive growth is the future.

  • Learning lessons from LEPs

    14 August 2019

    Aileen Murphie examines the role, progress and development of local enterprise partnerships from the eyes of the National Audit Office.

  • Collaboration is the default way in Herts

    25 July 2019

    Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC are moving towards final approval process on a £400m scheme to create a new town centre at Brookfield Riverside. Scott Crudgington and Jeff Stack discuss the key elements of the close collaboration.

  • LEPs ‘lack transparency’ despite receiving £12bn of Government funding

    05 July 2019

    The Government has ‘no real understanding’ of the impact of the £12bn Local Growth Fund, MPs said today.