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Paul Swinney

Paul Swinney

Director of Policy and Research,
Centre for Cities

  • Emphasising how place and localisation should be a central aspect of local council’s involvement in the Industrial Strategy if we are to tackle productivity and skills problems in Northern towns
  • Understanding why businesses locate where they do and what this means for strategies in the North, including targeting digital skills, technical skills and academic-led research bases
  • Outlining what each Local Industrial Strategy in the North should focus on to maximise impact, and why focusing on existing strengths can potentially do more harm than good