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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Changing places: Delivering place based transformation

By Jonathan House and Ben Pykett For much of the past 30 years, the public service improvement agenda in local government has looked inwards, initially through the pursuit of incremental performance improvement and cost cutting opportunities, and more recently through the transformation of organisational operating models. While this has been necessary, is this approach sufficient…

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No more small change: A ‘how to’ for charities

By James Bowman and David Gimson Recently we discussed what changes we see for charities over the next year as they transform in the face of their current challenges.  This is explored in more detail in our thought piece No More Small Change. Relatively speaking, understanding what needs to change is the easy bit. Getting…

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Canada at 150: What can the UK learn from an old friend?

By Libby Mason I spent a wonderful weekend celebrating Canada Day with family and friends here in London, reflecting on 150 years of history since Canada became a country. Canada and the UK have had a long and close relationship that will once again take on a new shape as the UK starts the process…

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