Blogs from Downtown in Business

Despite Powerhouse rhetoric the North/South divide is growing

The Northern Powerhouse was launched with bells, whistles, and much optimism by the then chancellor George Osborne. Its intention was clear. For too long, the economic prosperity of the UK had been over-reliant on its capital city. Lack of investment in other parts of the country, and in particular our great northern cities, had resulted […]

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Significant battle over games

Golden Games Next week business and council chiefs from across the North will meet to demand a fair transport deal for our region. The summit, backed by Downtown in Business, comes in the wake of a watering down of government pledges on connectivity for the Northern Powerhouse (NP) and the simultaneous approval of Crossrail 2 […]

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What do northern Tories think about rail snub?

The Northern Powerhouse has been a term bandied about for almost two years now. Emerging from the devolution deal that the then Chancellor George Osborne struck with Manchester City Council, increased powers around issues such as skills and economic development aside, the big-ticket item was the promise of a massive cash injection into the norths […]

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10 years and still counting the cost

On the tenth anniversary of the start of the economic crash, I thought it would be good to get an assessment of past and current consequences from people able to make unbiased assessments of the damage inflicted by the bankers’ and regulators’ irresponsibility in the early years of this century for which we mere mortals […]

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Time for Business to Push Back

If someone is genuinely and seriously injured in a road traffic accident, I have nothing but sympathy for the victim and believe that they should be properly compensated for any impact on their physical and mental health. I have less sympathy for a driver who is shunted at five miles per hour as they look […]

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