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  • 25 Oct
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    The Northern Powerhouse: Still Alive and Kicking

    As part of the Leeds City Region delegation at last week's MIPIM UK I had the opportunity to hear the current views on the Northern Powerhouse from five of the regions' key political figures.

    Speaking in a panel discussion at MIPIM UK, each was asked to comment on the current Northern Powerhouse proposition, the impact of Brexit on the concept and aspirations for the Budget Autumn Statement.

  • 03 Oct
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    Survival of the Fittest

    Last week it was reported that UK retail sales had taken an unexpected dip in September.  This was accompanied by claims that warmer than normal weather could be to blame, or people overspent in August so cut back for a month.  However, in addition to the speculation about it being a short term phenomenon, is the very real possibility that the reason is actually due to a dent in consumer confidence which has sprung from the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.

    On the day of the Brexit poll I attended a Seminar titled ‘Retail & Town Centres: Where next? put on by the RTPI which included a talk by Mohammed Chaudhri of Experian Decision Analytics.  His talk was about the prospects for the UK economy and the retail sector, it looked at how the economy had faired since the recession, explained why there had been a slowdown in 2016 and looked forward to a post Brexit time.  The crux of his analysis was that;

  • 11 Jul
    Moyan Brenn UK

    Post-Brexit Signs of Sanity

    The post-Brexit blues may be somewhat less deep in the coming few weeks IF our national politicians ramp up the necessary leadership which has been sadly lacking since the decision to leave was made.

    I can accept a democratic decision, but I can’t accept the temerity of politicians of all shades to simply have an unseemly fight amongst themselves, with none having a post-Brexit Plan.


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