Smart cities… powered by skills

By Michael Kane With two-thirds of the world’s population set to inhabit cities by 2045, the anticipated number of ‘smart cities’ could reach approximately 100 by 2025. The key focus of smart cities is on service transformation through digital technologies to drive improved outcomes for resident citizens and businesses. But how much thought is going into understanding the appropriate professional skills and training to provide the fundamental bedrock of…

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What is the future of borders post Brexit?

By Jo Bello Jo Bello, PwC’s global head of Indirect Tax And Customs, reflects here on her conversation on our recent podcast about the uncertain future of the border and what businesses can be doing now. The purpose of a border is ultimately a “checking point” for both goods and people, and playing a vital…

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Unlocking the potential of Gov.Tech

By Tina Hallett and Bhavin Kotecha The modern state is undergoing an extraordinary transformation, with rapid advances in technology changing the way citizens engage with public services. Government and the public sector is responding to this demand (see Figure) but how can tech businesses, including new start-ups, help? Beyond the state, start-ups and smaller technology…

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Inclusive growth and the Economics of Greater Manchester

By Jane Forbes For the UK to be an economic success, our regions need to be firing on all cylinders. For Greater Manchester, the challenge is to improve productivity – the point where the debates on growth, living standards and economic growth converge.  But how can we ensure that Manchester’s growth benefits everyone and so…

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The UK’s vision for Brexit Border: what we know now

By Matthew Clark The UK’s vision for Brexit Border: the UK Government has published the options to keep the border as frictionless as possible. The paper has been welcomed by business who have now received their first real guidance on how to prepare for Brexit. That preparation needs to start now. A defining aspect of…

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Back to school: How Brighton is upskilling its youth population

By Vince Goode and Nick Jones Since the Good Growth for Cities series began, Brighton has achieved strong performance on improving young people’s skills. In this blog, we look at the policies implemented that target both local young people and the more transient student population. Brighton achieved a top third position in the most recent…

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Working on our Core

By Jonathan House This article originally appeared in the Municipal Journal on 19 July 2017. If there was one phrase that summed up the recent roundtable event in Manchester, which was organised by The MJ and PwC it was ‘lean in’.  Quite apart from the demands of the public address system, it defined a growing…

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