Published: 23rd Apr 2019

A leading think tank has called upon the North of Tyne metro mayoral candidates to prioritise boosting economic growth, ahead of next month’s election. In a new paper, the think tank Centre for Cities calls on whoever wins the election to focus on attracting high-skilled businesses into Newcastle city centre. Voters will have the change to elect the new regional mayor on 2 May. The North of Tyne region covers Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland. In particular, the think tank warns that Newcastle has lower productivity and wages than both the national average and comparable cities such as Manchester or Leeds and the city’s underperformance has a knock-on effect of reducing job opportunities across the whole area. In order to tackle this, the Mayor should ensure a supply of new high-quality office space within the city centre and move it away from an overreliance on retail stores. It … (To read the full article, subscribe below)