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Is there a strategy for the central South? Conference to launch SPC’s research report

On 20 September SPC will introduce their research on whether the variety of plans and strategies published by councils and LEPs across the central South together present a clear narrative about our ambitions for the future. Evidence from across England suggests that those areas which consistently tell a clear, simple story about their shared ambitions and priorities win additional support from Government, and have a more powerful voice in securing public and private investment. The Conference, to be held at…

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Civic Universities and the central South

Dr Simon Eden There is a lively discussion about the role our universities have in the towns and cities they are part of. As local authorities and other public bodies are forced to cut back, so institutions like universities become more important in civic life. At the same time, Ministers have cautioned against “universities becoming disconnected from the wider world… [and] …seen as distant from their communities” (Sam Gyimah, Universities Minister, September 2018). Universities are of course educators, but they’re…

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Is there a strategy for the central South? 2019 Seminar findings and reports

Is there a strategy for the central South? 2019 Seminar findings and reports Three seminars were held in 2019 as part of the Regional Strategy Project to focus on the various challenges facing the central South.  Seminar 1 focused on the Economic Challenge; Seminar 2 discussed spaces for business; Seminar 3 looked at critical infrastructures. We would like to thank Barker Mill Estates, Build Environment Communications Group (BECG), Blake Morgan, Hampshire County Council and Carey’s Manor for their support. The…

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Help us to move on!

Our report for the Blagrave Trust outlining practical policy recommendations to address some of the issues facing young people in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton can be read below. People aged 16 to 25 have done most of their growing up in the shadow of the 2008 financial crisis, austerity, and (at the time of writing) nearly three years of Brexit uncertainty. This report into the problems facing young people in Hampshire was commissioned by the Blagrave Trust and carried out…

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