Good City Economies
New Start, NEF and CLES spent 2016 visiting ten UK cities to map and activate alternative approaches to local economic development. Here we launch our findings and challenge cities to commit to a ‘good’ local economics
During our tour of ten UK cities, we uncovered an emerging approach to local economic development, one that is challenging the mainstream and which can be summed up in the following 10 steps.
The mainstream model of local economics, focused on agglomeration and trickle down, is failing our cities. A new approach is emerging, one that works with the grain of places and the people that live in them.
We need a two-pronged approach to creating empathic local economies
Read action plans from the five places aiming to become Good City Economies
Creating the building blocks of an inclusive economy
Developing a city deal that works for all
Finding community-led solutions and building resilience into the mainstream economy