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Why family businesses are key to the levelling up agenda

Across the North, family businesses play a vital role in their communities, creating a sense of local identity and community spirit. As Family Business Week comes to a close, we should take stock of the significant contribution family businesses make to the economy and our communities – but also chart a course forward for supporting […]


What the new Chancellor should do next month for the North

John Stevenson is Chairman of the Northern Research Group, and is MP for Carlisle. It has certainly been an eventful few weeks. But amidst the discussions there remains one constant: the Autumn Statement on November 17 will be unprecedented it its importance. Meanwhile, the country, the markets, and the Government’s agenda, as we edge close […]


The NRG’s Northern Agenda Pledges

The Conservative Party’s leadership election and the importance of delivering for the North.


We need a new Tory leader with integrity, decency – and a real commitment to levelling up

Closing the economic gap has to be the key agenda for whoever succeeds Boris Johnson


Northern Research Group conference was a win for Doncaster

Reflections from the NRG’s inaugural conference.


A Northern Big Bang

Billions of pounds of private sector investment could be unlocked in the North of England and create an economic Big Bang for the region.


Levelling up: Go big or go home

This week’s levelling-up white paper sets out a vision for left-behind areas across our United Kingdom


Locally-led institutions are crucial to the Government’s levelling-up agenda

If there is one New Year’s resolution that the Conservative government should keep to, it’s to make progress on its nascent levelling-up agenda.


We need a Northern Economic Recovery Plan, starting with our high streets

Recent reflections on the handling of the Covid pandemic bring regional disparities into sharp focus.


Driving Growth and Shared Prosperity

The report focuses on three areas: closing the education attainment gap; incentivising investment in our communities by the public and private sectors.

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