Government is offering more, not less, support for business. But by focusing on businesses that are already winning, its policy is about survival of the fittest, argues Elliot Forte
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Crowd-based tools have the power to put citizens at the heart of urban renewal. In the second instalment based on his new book, Recivilising: The Rise of the Renewal Renegades, Storm Cunningham looks at the impact
Flexibility is the key to ensuring public service commissioning has a positive social impact, as Jenni Inglis explains
The government, for better or worse, isn’t going to establish a national urban skills strategy or learning programme. The burden has fallen onto practitioners and residents, to share what we know and talk to each other about what we don’t.
Unless we have a focus on place and a context which tackles the underlying social issues of unemployment, lack of jobs, local income flows and inequality then service transformation – no matter how effective – will ultimately falter.
Knowing how precarious our economic conditions will continue to be, we should be working as 'Economic Development Practitioners Without Borders', moving in to stabilise fragile economic regions. If this approach worked after World War II, why can't it work now?
What are the conditions needed for local economies to be built around SMEs, social enterprises and community groups with support from public sector and larger private companies; and what is needed to ensure that this can become the ‘usual’ approach of economic policy?
What went wrong with Business Link? Elliot Forte looks back on its rise and fall and examines whether latest attempts by government to support businesses are any more likely to succeed
We’re looking for innovative initiatives that are both economically and socially inclusive – exemplars that everyone should want to aspire to.
**UPDATE: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED** The Better Places National Awards will celebrate initiatives that go that extra mile, reach out to all sections of society and blaze a trail for others to follow.