At a packed-out business briefing recently in Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel the city’s Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, made an interesting observation about Liverpool’s geography, post-Brexit, writes Matt Severs, director of Igloo Regeneration.
Efforts by government to rebalance the UK economy are thus far failing to make an impact, with EY’s UK Regional Economic Forecast reporting a slight increase in geographic imbalance between the South and the rest of the country – an imbalance it expects to grow between now and 2020.
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, has warned that the Industrial Strategy launched by government this week could be doomed to failure if the “hard-wired bias” towards the South East isn’t acknowledged and dealt with.
Greater Manchester’s leaders are coming under increased pressure to provide affordable housing for local residents as the agenda of Mayor Andy Burnham reshapes the political landscape, according to Eddie Smith, strategic director for development at Manchester City Council.
The digital economy looks to be one of the big winners of Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget, with the Chancellor committing £500m across areas including Artificial Intelligence, low-carbon and autonomous vehicles, geospatial data and the rollout of fibre and 5G connectivity.