Published: 18th Nov 2020

The CBI has called for a new approach to the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and warned regional inequalities must be tackled. In a new report out today (18 November), the business group warns disparities in economic performance are large, both across England and within the regions. And it adds they are at risk of widening further if government levelling-up ambitions falter in the wake of Covid-19. Instead, the report calls for a long-term strategic vision which can guide the country through a vital post-Covid recovery and towards long-term prosperity by addressing key challenges in growing skills, enhancing connectivity and attracting investment. It calls for a new focus on the future of towns and cities, improving digital connectivity, and a wholesale reform of regional funding to ensure a strategic approach to future investment. The report also recommends short term interventions to help businesses grow, locally designed and delivered business support with … (To read the full article, subscribe below)