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UK city regions ‘Growing Together’ – call for business insight

Through our Growing Together programme we are highlighting the complementary roles and functions that UK cities play in driving jobs and growth across the economy. Its aim is to break down the assumption of a zero-sum game between regions and show that better cooperation and connectivity between parts of the UK is critical to reducing exposure to Brexit and making the UK more internationally competitive. Something we identified as a clear strategy in our London 2036 report .

The programme launched in Birmingham last week, with representation including Centre for Cities, Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Business North, Midlands Connect and a number of leading global businesses. Its first action is to source business case studies across four key sectors of co-dependencies.

  • Finance and professional services
  • Life sciences
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Digital and Tech

Please contact swolpers@londonfirst.co.uk if you are interested in contributing.

This activity builds on the momentum of our regional alliance work, highlighted at the recent party conferences with Andy Burnham, Ben Houchen and Andy Street speaking at our Cities and Growth Reception.

Juergen Maier, Siemens CEO and chair of the North West Business Leadership Team and John Cridland, chair of Transport of the North have also been chairing our ‘Working together for UK growth’ dinners, where businesses leaders united to discuss shared challenges in transport and skills.

Our Growing Together Advisory Board will support the development of a new evidence base on the interdependencies of our cities, and we will keep members updated on its progress.

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