• Instagram leads to investment in our cities

    02 December 2021

    Urban leaders need to better understand their online brand, as cities with fewer mentions across social media and online news tend to attract less investment, says Cllr John Merry.

  • Selling Stoke’s narrative

    24 November 2021

    Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Cllr Abi Brown, talks to Heather Jameson about her journey to the top and what she has learned about winning red wall seats.

  • Why stewardship and regeneration go hand-in-hand

    24 November 2021

    Why has Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council become one of the first local authorities to adopt the stewardship model for its own new place-making company? Cllr Philip Broadhead explains.

  • To level up we need to invest in the place-based skills of councils

    16 November 2021

    What is the best way to ensure that the Levelling Up Fund actually improves everyday life in the UK, asks Pooja Agrawal of Public Practice.

  • Doubt over future of 75% rates retention under Gove

    09 November 2021

    New local government secretary Michael Gove has indicated that 75% business rates retention could be a casualty of levelling up plans.

  • Putting youth at the heart of regeneration

    02 November 2021

    Barnsley’s partnership with OnSide to invest in a state-of-the-art youth centre is an embodiment of a regeneration vision to create a place where young people will flourish, says Cllr Tim Cheetham.

  • COP26: It's time to redesign housing from the bottom up too

    02 November 2021

    If we are to prioritise tackling climate change, housing refurbishment - which eliminates the carbon-heavy phase - must be a part of the solution, says Matthew Nimmo.

  • 'Salford is the world’s best levelling up opportunity’

    26 October 2021

    Tom Stannard talks to Heather Jameson about why connecting communities and levelling up can’t be done just by the council and must involve Government investment in public services.

  • Town centres reimagined

    20 October 2021

    There is no better time to start the complex and ever-evolving challenge of reinventing town centres, but the most successful regeneration stories share one thing, says Richard Sterling.

  • A masterclass in evolution

    13 October 2021

    Chris Langdon of EQUANS looks at how a Staffordshire town is helping to lead the zero-carbon transition.

  • Devolution is my ‘unfinished business’

    06 October 2021

    Pat Ritchie is leaving her role as chief executive of Newcastle City Council after more than eight years at the helm. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy and what she sees as her three key achievements.

  • Let’s ditch ‘panel game’ funding

    06 October 2021

    Cllr John Merry talks to Ann McGauran about how Key Cities are faring as they look towards recovery, and says he’s approaching the White Paper on levelling up with an ‘open-minded spirit’.

  • Bracknell’s naturally creative approach to bringing people back to the town centre

    30 September 2021

    A gigantic partnership approach to reinvigorating Bracknell town centre linked to the borough’s tree strategy hit the mark this summer, says Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker.

  • Inflation: mitigating the risks to deliver recovery

    30 September 2021

    Alastair Gamage says that while we are now dealing with rapid inflation, public sector organisations can still progress projects with confidence by adopting a best-in-class procurement strategy.

  • Penna view: The demand for levelling up talent is rising

    27 September 2021

    As the focus on levelling up in amplified, Pete John says the demand to fill regeneration and place roles is high.

  • Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up

    20 September 2021

    The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.

  • Starfish Talent 20 – People

    19 September 2021

    In the second installment of the Starfish Talent 20, we put a spotlight on 20 leaders of the future, this time focusing on children’s and adult social care, education, communities and public health.

  • Welsh government confirms £5m town centre funding

    08 September 2021

    The Welsh government has confirmed that £5m of loan funding will be made available to support the regeneration of town centres.

  • Let LEPs get on with a job we’re doing well

    07 September 2021

    As we build our recovery, it would be a travesty to lose the capability of LEPs just when local communities and businesses need it most, says Mark Bretton.

  • Getting bid quality right

    07 September 2021

    Using Oldham’s regeneration strategy as an example, Stephen Cox presents his guide to the three key themes he says should form the backbone of high quality bids for levelling up cash.