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Employment Land Crisis

There is ongoing concern that the UK is facing and fuelling a significant shortage of employment land. There looks to be broad consensus that the challenges are complex, including the overwhelming focus on housing which permeates the whole system; rapidly changing occupier needs and therefore the suitability of existing sites; a lack of supporting infrastructure; […]

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Economic Development Horizon Scanner – Q2 2018

Theresa May’s Government is setting about changing the course of planning policy in England, breaking from the key tenets of the Cameron-Osborne era. The release of a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework provides a strong indication of this new direction of travel. Elsewhere, many parts of the UK, and the economy, took a battering […]

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Economic Development Horizon Scanner Q1 2018

The recently leaked government analysis of the economic impact of Brexit makes for difficult reading. The Government has suggested there are positive scenarios that have not yet been modelled – but currently available evidence hints at lower growth over the next 15 years as a result of leaving the EU. A relatively hardline response has […]

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Economic Development Horizon Scanner Q3

The UK economy stands in a precarious position. The productivity puzzle is proving to be a tougher nut to crack than originally hoped, and this has created a situation where employment levels and the rate of unemployment are in rude health and inflation is rising – yet economic growth is stalling. The Bank of England’s […]

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Economic Development Horizon Scanner Q2

Last week’s General Election result has introduced an added element of economic uncertainty to proceedings, something which wasn’t in short supply even as things stood before 8 June. The full implications of this, and its impact on economic development, will become clearer in the coming weeks and months. However, at the current time the election […]

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Hardisty Jones is recruiting a summer placement in economic development

We are seeking a summer placement as a Research Assistant. Their role will be to work as part of a team, supporting senior staff in the delivery of economic development project work for clients, and business development activity. The successful candidate must be interested in economic development in the UK. The main competencies required are […]

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Economic Development Horizon Scanner Q1

Despite the ongoing uncertainty around the terms under which the UK will leave the EU, the Government has released two important papers which point towards what the future of housing and industry might look like in years to come. We discuss the implications of these papers on economic development, as well as taking a look […]

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Local Authority and LEP Responses to Brexit

Soon after the vote to leave the EU in June 2016 we spoke to around 20 of our clients who are stakeholders in economic development – across the public and private sectors. In these early weeks after the referendum there was a huge amount of uncertainty about what Brexit involves and its impact on economic development […]

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