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It’s the Small Businesses that Count

If small business leaders in the North of England were to offer up a prayer, it might go something like this: ‘grant us the advice to manage the things we cannot change, the support to change the...

Blog post Expert comment Economy Business IPPR North

Decent work: Harnessing the power of local government

The North is enduring a severe job quality crisis. Record high employment figures conceal major deficiencies in the quality of work people are doing. And while every region of the country has seen an...

Publication Report Devolution & local leadership Business Equality Metro mayors IPPR North

Quick wins for the North's transport network

The North’s transport network is currently in crisis, but there are major opportunities ahead. The chaos faced by passengers in the summer of 2018 revealed long-term structural weaknesses in the...

Publication Report Housing & infrastructure IPPR North

SMEs and productivity in the Northern Powerhouse: Interim report

Productivity is a measure of how effectively an economy uses the resources at its disposal (including the labour of its workforce, different aspects of capital such as machinery and technology, and...

Publication Report Economy Business IPPR North

Natural Assets North: Valuing our northern uplands

Natural Assets North is a new IPPR North project which investigates the natural potential of the north of England, including the quality of its landscape, water and coastlines. The natural capital of...

Publication Environment IPPR North Briefing

State of the North 2018: Reprioritising the Northern Powerhouse

The north of England has rarely faced such threat and opportunity. Brexit looms; budgets in essential NHS and council services are at breaking point. The world’s major, long-term challenges –...

Publication Report Devolution & local leadership Economy Population and demographics Metro mayors IPPR North

That people still live in poverty is a political choice

On Friday, Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, reported on the findings of his 12-day visit to the UK. His report articulates what many of us have known for some...

Blog post Expert comment Power & politics IPPR North