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  • Maximising the benefits of improved access to gree...

    This week has seen two news articles published on plans to create new parks and ponds to support biodiversity. Waste soil from the tunnels being developed for Crossrail is to be used to develop the biggest man-made nature reserve in Europe at Wallasea Island, Essex while the Million Ponds Project was launched by charity Pond Conservation with the aim to create half-a-million ponds in the UK to b...

  • Securing the Economic Benefit of the UK's Energy C...

    Regeneris is currently engaged in numerous energy studies throughout the UK, both providing support to developers in securing planning consents for their major investment projects, and also providing support to economic development agencies to secure valuable national and local economic benefits from investment in energy.  With future investment in mind, the start of December saw the publicati...

  • SME Access to Finance: Lessons for LEPs

    The LEPs should have now received their feedback from CLG on the initial drafts of their European Structural Investment Fund plans (known as the SIFs) and should be refining their plans for final submission in January.  From what we understand, a large number of the LEPs are intending to use ERDF resources to part fund SME access to finance projects. In many instances these are along similar lin...

  • Big Footprints? Measuring Corporations' Impacts

    We have probably all seen examples of multinationals being pilloried in the press for allegedly avoiding paying UK corporation tax. Some companies have responded by emphasising the jobs and wealth that they bring to the country. While using economic impact assessment in this defensive way has its place, there are actually a range of more positive ways in which companies can benefit from a robust...

  • Have PPI Payments Boosted the UK Economy?

    Despite falling real wages, the UK consumer has been driving the UK’s economic recovery Although forecasters have been busy upgrading their expectations for UK GDP growth, some have voiced concerns about the sustainability of the recovery. Consumer expenditure (and the housing market) has clearly played a large part in driving growth despite real hourly wages having actually fallen.  Indeed, G...

  • LEPs, SEPs and Next Steps

    Strategic Economic Plans are in. And, now we are off on the next round of re-drafting and planning. BIS Local is already working their way through the submissions from each LEP for a slice of Single Local Growth Fund and the early indications are that the £2bn pot has been massively over-subscribed. LEPs are already being asked to look again at their prioritisation of projects and be tougher abo...

  • Are Wind Farms a Threat to Visitor Economies?

    The relationship between large scale wind farms and the visitor economies surrounding these developments has been in the news again! It’s been an important issue at the on-going conjoined public inquiry for a number of proposed wind farms in Mid Wales (five schemes with a combined generating capacity of over 400MW), with the local authority and many stakeholders in the tourism sector concerned a...

  • Travel to Work 2011: Fastening London's Commuter B...

    At the end of July the Office for National Statistics published the long awaited commuting data from the 2011 Census. It provides an important insight into the ways in which London and its hinterland interact on a daily basis and how these patterns of commuting are changing.  Particularly, it illustrates how the boundaries between London and its neighbours are becoming ever more blurred. One p...

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