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Levelling up: making it work

The Levelling Up agenda is hugely ambitious, incorporating everything from infrastructure to education and skills, private investment to public procurement. Many factors must align in order to make a real difference.

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Person holding a smartphone and tinkering with a wireless router 27 Apr 2022
How to fuel digital transformation

In Manchester, digital inclusion has already helped to stimulate economic growth. The government’s Levelling Up agenda needs to help develop the skills to match this.

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Business people negotiating at boardroom behind closed doors 27 Apr 2022
Is the funding approach right for Wales?

The first rounds of Levelling Up funding has been announced through the Shared Prosperity Fund. For some in Wales, it represents a considerable loss.

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People working in a library 27 Apr 2022
Funding: the governance challenge

The Levelling Up White Paper points to insufficient regional data and the need for a new accountability framework. But will this create barriers for local authorities to access funding?

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Two people interviewing a job candidate. 26 Apr 2022
What does Levelling Up really require?

The government’s Levelling Up White Paper is the most recent attempt to improve the fortunes of areas in the UK that struggle to provide jobs and opportunities.

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Busy shopping street 26 Apr 2022
How can we rejuvenate the high street?

The Levelling Up White Paper sets out a range of initiatives for reviving the high street’s flagging fortunes. But are they enough?

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Timber framework of house roof trusses with scaffold. 26 Apr 2022
Manufacturing remains sceptical

A recent Make UK report shows that the government has an uphill struggle to convince manufacturers in the north of England and in devolved nations to engage with Levelling Up.

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A person with their hand up to speak at a local community meeting. 20 Apr 2022
Are local authorities ready for Levelling Up?

With the government’s Levelling Up plans unveiled, and some funding allocated, local authorities will now have to take on the task of applying for funding to support their infrastructure plans.

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Young people working in urban roof garden. 19 Apr 2022
How SMEs can work with local authorities

The government is urging local authorities to harness the social power of SMEs in their areas. Which measures will help procurement teams and small suppliers strike up winning relationships?

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Senior people watching television together 12 Apr 2022
How to measure quality of life

Human capital holds the key to determining levels of wellbeing, according to the government’s Levelling Up White Paper. We explore how this may work in practice, in the context of work.

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Nottingham tram 08 Apr 2022
Infrastructure: reconnecting the UK

The UK has spent significantly less on infrastructure compared to other OECD countries over the past three decades. Can new projects reverse the trend and provide a boost to the whole country?

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Salisbury cathedral and high street gate in the evening 05 Apr 2022
Levelling Up: will it work?

The phrase ‘levelling up’ has been used since the 19th century. But can this government succeed in resolving regional inequalities where other programmes have failed?

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A person taking a salary slip out of an envelope. 02 Mar 2022
Chancellor sets out low tax, higher growth economic vision

Rishi Sunak delivered the annual Mais lecture at Bayes Business School on Thursday 24 February – just under four weeks from the Spring Statement. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty highlights the key points.

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New homes under construction 03 Feb 2022
Chart of the week: UK government major projects portfolio

Our chart this week illustrates how the government has already started on many of the major projects that form part of the Levelling Up White Paper.

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