Ask the panel: digital or physical infrastructure – which will have the greater impact in the North West?

Ask the panel: digital or physical infrastructure - which will have the greater impact in the North West? The government’s recently announced UK Digital Strategy includes commitment to developing a “world class” digital infrastructure whilst, at the same time, it presses ahead with the £56 billion HS2 and the mammoth Trans-Pennine ... Read More...

Business rates relief in Spring Budget 2017

Help for firms hit by high business rates was among the key measures outlined in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget.The government has set aside £435 million for the companies affected, with a £300m hardship fund set up for the small businesses hit hardest.Hammond pledged that businesses losing existing relief will pay ... Read More...

How local councils are working commercially to generate revenue and bolster growth

How local councils are investing commercially to generate revenue and bolster growthAT A GLANCE •  Investments in commercial property and other assets are among the ways North West councils are generating revenue. •  Arms-length companies are increasingly being formed by the region’s councils to boost growth, jobs and regeneration. •  More commercially savvy ... Read More...

Northern Powerhouse investment is evidence of ‘momentum building’

The government’s £556 million Northern Powerhouse investment is “further evidence of the ongoing building of momentum” behind the concept, according to a North West expert.Prime Minister Theresa May announced the funding boost as part of an Industrial Strategy which was discussed during her first regional cabinet meeting yesterday (23 January).The ... Read More...