Blogs from Downtown in Business

Is Devolution drive slowing to a standstill?

Back in your box! The government’s commitment to devolving power to the North was the subject of sharp disagreement amongst top speakers during the first week of the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. Lord Heseltine said it was a casualty of Brexit and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he felt the government was […]

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You can’t play politics with people’s lives

“I’ll tell you what happens with impossible promises. You start with far-fetched resolutions. They are then pickled into a rigid dogma, a code, and you go through years sticking to that, outdated, misplaced, irrelevant to the real needs and you end up in the grotesque chaos of a Prime Minister, a Prime Minister, hiring taxis […]

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Ikea out, devolution in Lancs?

Was it the shock of IKEA pulling out of a major investment in the Cuerden Retail Park near Preston, that has banged Lancashire heads together? Weeks after the furniture giant turned its back on being the anchor tenant, comes the news that a Lancashire devolution deal might be on the cards after all. In the […]

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Why Mayors need More Powers

If you live in the north of England and you rely on the train to get from A to B, then the past few weeks have been an absolute nightmare. Chaos does not begin to describe the organisation, or rather lack of it, from the regions train operator that has led to a record number […]

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