Report reveals North West employers are axing jobs and ignoring trade unions

Article published: Monday, December 5th 2011

A new report from the Manchester Business School’s Fairness at Work research programme sheds some light on the way employers in the North West have been responding to the recession. Read on to discover what’s happening to our workplaces…

Return of a desperate urban policy?

Article published: Thursday, November 10th 2011

Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP) is set to receive £24.7m from the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) as part of a £500m ‘Growing Places Fund’ package launched this week by Secretary of State Eric Pickles. In a seeming hark back to the policies of the dying Labour government, the scheme is designed to “get Britain building again” and kickstart stalled housing and infrastructure projects across the country.

Welcoming Ryanair back to Manchester?

Article published: Sunday, July 17th 2011

Ryanair announced this week it would be investing £175m at Manchester Airport, creating new jobs and opening routes to new destinations. There was much excitement in the local press, but with so much pinned on private sector job creation the figures demand closer attention. 

Voices of the Manchester Strike

Article published: Thursday, June 30th 2011

Thousands marched through the streets of Manchester today in support of public sector strikes called against proposed pension reforms and in opposition to the government’s austerity drive. Trade unionists in the city took part in industrial action involving hundreds of thousands of workers nationwide.

A climate of exaggeration

Article published: Thursday, June 9th 2011

The leader of Manchester City Council was not present at the Town Hall for the first Executive meeting since the local elections which took place last Wednesday. A press release from the council excitedly explained that Sir Richard was away in Sao Paulo having been invited to the C40 climate summit. But what exactly does […]

The not-so-rosy future of East Manchester and regeneration

Article published: Friday, April 1st 2011

Regeneration company New East Manchester Ltd is about to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manchester City Council. But despite its chair and chief executive remaining publicly upbeat, the future of East Manchester’s flagship redevelopment looks far from certain. Andy Lockhart explains.

Local Enterprise Partnership takes shape – and it’s all power to the private sector

Article published: Wednesday, January 12th 2011

The new Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is set to become operational on April 1 and alongside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), it will set the stall for governing the city region and its economy in the years ahead. According to Manchester City Council’s Deputy Chief Executive Steve Mycio, the LEP will institute […]