Northern Powerhouse: Sheffield CRCA – how badly has devolution been blunted in the Steel City Region?

At an extraordinary meeting of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority yesterday morning the leaders of the member councils couldn’t agree on the terms of a recommendation to initiate public consultation on mayoral powers relating to devolution.  The May 2018 Mayoral election will still go ahead, but – unless something changes in the meantime –…

Reigniting the “UK Second City” Argument. Who is edging it in the CVENT 2017 European Meeting Destinations Index?

Interesting statistic emerging to fuel the ongoing argument about whether Birmingham or Manchester is the UK’s second city. The CVENT 2017 Index of Top 25 meeting destinations in Europe (see link below) puts Birmingham two places ahead of Manchester at number 19. Interestingly Birmingham has also climbed higher than Manchester in comparison with their respective…