BEST IN CLASS: STOCKTON’S LOCAL ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT

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It was my pleasure to be hired under the Local Government Association's Local Growth Advisor initiative to help Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council complete their 2014 Local Economic Assessment. I undertook this work between December 2013 and … [More...]

THE GREAT PAPER CHASE AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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Is it true to say that today's local economic development efforts are too much concerned with papers about structures and accountability; and not enough about resources and delivery? As well as each of the 39 LEPs working for a year on … [More...]

MAKE YOUR LOCAL GROWTH MONEY GO FURTHER

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Its difficult to break out of the mindset of grants and revenue-funded advice, isn't it? Here at Athey Consulting, we've been doing some thinking about how to stretch budgets further to increase the benefits to local communities. Here's 5 … [More...]

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SOME HOME TRUTHS

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In local economic development the governance and structures will never be perfect. You need to deal with the bureaucracy that comes with public money and not hide from it. Plans and strategies are useful, until the action begins. And you … [More...]

“MY LEP WON’T LISTEN / THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND / THEY DON’T WANT TO HELP!”

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Winning hearts and minds: Getting onto your LEP's agenda I've heard it many times - in person and on discussion sites such as LinkedIn groups "my LEP will not listen, they don't seem to understand how important this issue is!!!" This … [More...]

WE SHOULD LOCALISE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

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There are huge potential benefits from devolving employment and unemployment services to regions and localities. We need to apply long-term joined-up solutions to our education, welfare, employment and skills policies in order to reduce … [More...]