The Centre for Retail Research – some common ground?

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The Centre for Retail Research (CRR) has provided authoritative research and analysis of the retail and service sectors for twenty-one years in Britain, Europe and North America and is completely independent, not funded by the retail sector or suppliers. In an article on its website, a ‘recalibration of policy’ is advocated. Themes relevant today: Create a comprehensive industrial strategy, based […]

Birmingham’s budget dilemmas: defences against the vandalism of austerity

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I’m just looking at the Birmingham City Council service reviews and budget consultation to make Localise West Midlands’ response – emphasising ways in which the Council can maximise local multiplier to reduce its whole system costs. As a citizen it’s incredibly frustrating to see the city forced into making such ridiculous choices. In my own area the likely closure of […]

Lincolnshire Co-operative’s local multiplier is evaluated

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Localise West Midlands argues that small and medium locally based businesses, including those who may be part of a larger national franchise, have a greater ‘local multiplier effect’ on local communities, increasing the community’s prosperity directly, as well as creating comparatively high numbers of jobs. In summer 2012, Lincolnshire Co-operative, an outstandingly well-run society, used the Local Multiplier 3 (LM3) […]