Just Jim

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…
chris
14th June 2018
Just Jim

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…
chris
7th June 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

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…
callum
31st May 2018
Just Jim

Liverpool outpacing Manchester growth?

After my last two blogs on the Greater Manchester economy which took a bullish view of the conurbation’s growth; it is time to look at the surprising claim that Merseyside is outpacing its neighbour. In the run-up to the International…
callum
31st May 2018
Just Jim

Manchester safe from retail turmoil?

If anyone was in any doubt that our town and suburban retail areas face a massive challenge, the decision of Marks and Spencer to close 100 stores will concentrate minds. M&S are the anchor tenants in so many smaller towns,…
callum
24th May 2018
Just Jim

Manchester, a young city

First, congratulations to all my colleagues, past and present, who have contributed to 15 years of success for Downtown in Business. In the run up to the International Festival of Business in Liverpool, I’m going to be taking an in-depth…
callum
17th May 2018