February, 2017

Cornwall's economy: to infinity and beyondGreetings, earthlings...

Cornwall’s economy: to infinity and beyond

The Cornish economy remains overly reliant on agriculture, tourism and food production.  That could soon change, with plans to put it at the centre of the world’s next space race, as Merrion MD Dougal Paver discovered. It’s come a long way, has RAF St Mawgan, although progress is relative in England’s sleepy south west.  Or rather, its poorest county. Cornwall’s […]

MIPIM 2017 beckons. But what's the key to making millions?All aboard for the jamboree of the year

MIPIM 2017 beckons. But what’s the key to making millions?

MIPIM 2017 is hoving rapidly in to view and the smarter folk are gearing up for the opportunities it offers.  After sixteen years in Cannes’ famous Bunker,  Merrion MD Dougal Paver reckons he’s found the key to success in the south of France. To the formal launch of Liverpool’s MIPIM 2017 programme this morning at the Shankly Hotel to hear more […]

More proof that high taxes are counter-productiveSouth Wales' biggest export, now under threat from taxes

More proof that high taxes are counter-productive

A while back this blog cited the boom in UK brewing as proof of how low taxes stimulate enterprise.  Now the government has gone and proven the opposite with its stamp duty reforms, as latest figures reveal. Let me recommend a corkingly good read for you – The Panama Papers, which reveals the staggering story behind the leak of millions […]

Competitive socialising: regeneration's new Golden GooseHigh scores matter more than high alcohol consumption

Competitive socialising: regeneration’s new Golden Goose

When he was a student Merrion Strategy’s MD Dougal Paver well remembers the odd competitive drinking session or two, but ‘competitive socialising’?  That requires some investigating… My first illegal pint was in a pub called the Craven Heifer in Ingleton, North Yorkshire.  Myself and a load of pals had hitch-hiked up there, aged 16, for a week’s camping and fishing on […]

Ten Streets LiverpoolStanding room only at the Ten Streets launch - unless you got a seat, of course.

You can’t beat a dose of benign autocracy

In an age of sophistry and double-speak, the public craves plain talking politicians.  Liverpool’s Mayor Anderson showed ’em how its done the other day, explains Merrion Strategy MD Dougal Paver. Liverpool’s Ten Streets regeneration programme is another step forward in the city’s relentless regeneration, the gist of which is to take ten parallel streets running at right angles from the dock […]

Housing allocation: who's left holding the ball?Housing density: just one of a number of things that will wind the public up

Housing allocation: who’s left holding the ball?

Being in opposition when the time comes to deliver an authority’s latest Local Plan is often a blessing in disguise, suggests Dougal Paver.  For starters, you don’t get the blame. Local authorities the land over are currently working on the latest development plans for their boroughs – the statutory documents which govern what can be developed, and where.  The quantum […]