economy

Levelling Up and Devolution: what does the Government White Paper mean for the Central South?

What are the implications of the recently published levelling up white paper for the central South? Register your space here. The government says the recently published levelling up white paper represents “a devolution revolution” and the largest transfer of “power from Whitehall to local leaders across England in modern times.” Southern Policy Centre is hosting an online event in response to discuss levelling up and devolution and examine the implications for the central South. With invited speakers and a panel…

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Re-imagining our city centres: one year on

Re-imagining our city centres: one year on In November 2020 SPC and Blake Morgan launched a report exploring the future of our city centres. For some time now we have seen changes in retail driven by on-line shopping. That fuelled a policy debate about the future of the ‘High Street.’ The pandemic accelerated that trend and brought new worries: more people working at home, fewer (or no) customers for cinemas, theatres and restaurants, people deserting public transport. Our report suggested…

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Business, Environment and Society: How the central South’s businesses see their environmental and social responsibilities

Add Your Heading Text Here Doing the right thing: How the central South’s businesses see their environmental and social responsibilities The Southern Policy Centre have been supported by Terence O’Rourke ltd in exploring how businesses in the Central South see their environmental and social responsibilities. This is particularly pertinent as we try to understand how the Covid-19 crisis has changed our society, and how we are responding to major ecological challenges of climate change and the risk of ecosystem collapse.…

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Is there a strategy for the central South? September 2019 conference Briefing Note

Is there a strategy for the central South? September 2019 conference Briefing Note Briefing Note from the Southern Policy Centre – download a copy here The challenge This project was prompted by widely shared fears that central southern England is neither gaining the resources and power of other regions, nor promoting itself effectively to private investors. Two years ago, former Norther Powerhouse Minister Lord Jim O’Neill told us[1] the central South had failed to identify clear priorities and distinctive outcomes. …

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Life after Covid – Building Back Fairer in the South

Life after Covid – Building Back Fairer in the South This is a guest blog by Councillor Dave Shields who is currently Southampton City Councillor for the Freemantle Ward. Dave was born, raised and educated in Southampton. Leaving full time school education at 17 he held a number of jobs – including a zoo-keeper, accounts clerk with a local shipping company and clerical officer at the Census Office – before moving to London to study for a degree. Dave was…

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