UK Cities

Six Ways to Make Britain a Better Place to Do Business

Naomi Clayton | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK
Naomi Clayton

With the UK economy firmly in recovery, policy-makers are now shifting their attentions towards the question of whether it can be sustained over the longer term... how can policy-makers support more small businesses to reach their potential?

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

The Many Future Cities

Ben Barker | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

The future has a lot in store for cities. Before the end of the century planners and architects will have seen some weird briefs land on their desks as we make settlements on the moon, in digital space and roaming settlements that graze the landscape for resources.

How to Explore a Place Through its Art

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

Art and travel, for the most part, go hand in hand. I imagine when you travel you have a fair few museums and galleries listed on your itinerary. But why are people so eager to spend their day inside an air-conditioned building looking at illusions of the world, when they could be out and about actually exploring the real world?

How Your High Street Can Be a Garden, a Promenade, and a Stage

Julian Dobson | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Julian Dobson

How can a town grow its own high street, with little or no help from outside? A century ago that would have been a strange question: every town's high street had grown more or less organically and was an expression of the industry and resources of the locality.

The Best Cities To Live In After You Graduate

The Huffington Post UK | Conrad Jarman | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

For all the final-year students around the country, graduation is now only a stone's throw away. For the last few months you've almost certainly h...

Eat America

Mike Gerrard | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

People go to the States for all kinds of reasons - to take a road trip, visit great cities like New York, see the fall colours, take the kids to Disneyland or hang out in Hollywood. It's not often that food is given as a reason for going, but because of its size and diversity, the USA is one of the best countries in which to enjoy great eating.

Creative Tech Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Shoreditch and Palo Alto for Inspiration

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

Beyond established hotspots such as the US and UK, there's a whole movement of other digital and creative hubs, from Nairobi to Recife and Jakarta to Cairo. Less obvious pools of ideas and talent: growing markets of youth consumers and the originators of new creative ideas, social innovation and cultural leadership.

India's Train Odyssey for Entrepreneurs

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

There is considerable potential for social enterprises in India to foster change, but the problem has always been for such projects to sustain themselves commercially. This is compounded by a cultural hesitation to discuss money matters...

We Must Think Cities for a Balanced Economic Recovery

Paul Swinney | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Paul Swinney

It looks increasingly likely that the UK economy has now entered into a period of sustained recovery, following the deepest peacetime recession in the last 100 years. But as the seventh edition of Cities Outlook shows, this recovery is far from balanced, and our cities need more control if they are to fulfill their potential.

Where Is The Best Place In The World To Study?

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Reidy | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

If you've ever wondered which city offers the very best student experience, then look no further. Topuniversities.com has revealed the best univers...

London, Paris, New York: Some Things You Just Can't Bottle

John Worne | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
John Worne

This week I was a panellist at the launch event for the inaugural Ipsos MORI Top Cities survey - a worldwide poll that crowned London as the most popular city in Europe, but forced us to tip our bowler hats to New York as the global winner. But in amongst the data were a few fascinating phenomena...

HMV May Have Been Rescued, but We Still Need to Fundamentally Re-Think Our Cities' High Streets

Ben Harrison | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK
Ben Harrison

Last week's news that stricken high street giant HMV has been rescued will be a relief to many, not least those whose jobs will be saved by the deal. But the fundamental challenges facin

Race Against Time for Future Cities

Raconteur Media | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK
Raconteur Media

According to data from the United Nations, in 2008 the proportion of the world's population living in urban areas passed the 50% mark, heading for 70% by 2050.

A Budget for Growth Tomorrow?

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

George Osborne's budget yesterday rightly focussed on some of the issues vital to improving the economic performance of our cities, including increased access to housing, new infrastructure investment, and empowering our urban areas to take greater direct control of their economies themselves. But many of the policies announced will be implemented from 2015, meaning that this is a budget which more about growth tomorrow than growth today

The Trams!

Scott Hutchison | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Scott Hutchison

Permutation upon permutation of exasperated expletives have been thrown at the now infamous Edinburgh Tram project. Each time I return to the city after a length of time on tour I expect the fervent dissing of the tram works to have quietened a little, that the city's drivers and pedestrians will have accepted the situation and moved on to another subject of complaint.

Britain Needs More Houses, But It Doesn't Need Them Everywhere

Paul Swinney | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Swinney

High house prices are bad for future economic growth of cities such as Oxford because they price people out of the job opportunities that are available within them. This is bad for the individual, bad for businesses in such cities and, as a result, is bad for the economy.

House Building Schemes Could Boost City Economies

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Cities across Southern England could help deliver a quick boost to the economy if they were given funds to build more houses, according to a new repor...

The Place Race

Michael Hayman | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Hayman

That race is one from recession to recovery. It will be an urban recovery so it will be the best-equipped cities that are going to lead it. Liverpool has its Mayor in Joe Andersen and that fact alone makes him one of Labour's most powerful leaders and helps to differentiate the city.

What 3 E's of New York Changed My Brain?

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ian Robertson

The late writer Christopher Hitchens wrote that when you come to New York, you go to bed an hour later and wake up an hour earlier, and I can confirm this anecdotally myself. Noradrenaline is the key 'wake-up' drug of the brain and it may be that the shear repeated novelty and stimulus of this great city is chemically flooding my brain with this brain-protecting substance.

Top Ten City Spots To See The Sun Set

The Huffington Post UK | Katy Holland | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A recent study found that nearly half of the British population think that sunsets are best watched on a foreign beach - which means that too many of ...

Cities: Social Time-Bombs

Sam Bowstead | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Bowstead

"Cities are magnets. Cities are also social time-bombs." A panel of ten leading built environment experts met, on Monday June 18, to discuss the vital issues for our world's burgeoning cities.

A City for... My Pick of the Best Cities Around the World

Rachel Montague-Ebbs | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Montague-Ebbs

As an international woman of mystery, fruit buying and fashion, I have my fair share of passport stamps. So much so, I used to have a competition with a colleague, as to who could get all the spare pages of their passport filled the quickest. I think I won. I've done a lot of travelling in my time and it inspired my blog for today, A city for...

Cities Need Smart Thinking

Raconteur Media | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK
Raconteur Media

Many see a smart city as one where a network of sensors brings together data to be analysed for the more effective management of its systems. Yet this alone will not solve a city's problems of finance, sustainability and the protection of its citizen's health, security and wellbeing, writes Felicia Jackson.

Universities - Open for Business Together

Stephen Caddick | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Caddick

At a time of economic and financial crisis, we should expect our universities to carefully consider what they can do to make the UK a more compelling place to carry out business. But it's not just about what universities can or should do for business - working with business can add immeasurably to continue producing world class research.