May, 2018

Liverpool has a strong, diverse economyOutside Britain's three capitals, Liverpool is the clear leader in growth on a ten year basis. Well, well, well...

The Northern Powerhouse’s surprise package

Here at Merrion Towers we love charts and graphs that cast a light on the quirky, unusual or just downright interesting.  And those fine fellows at City Metric  have come up trumps with the one above.  So, which economy in the Northern Powerhouse do you think is the daddy-o? One of the great ruses in PR is to offer the […]

Public transport is goodPublic transport use is about the opportunity-cost of getting across town, not provision

Public transport: it’s all in the numbers

The scale and quality of public transport provision in a city matters most where its economy is growing like Topsy.  Just examining the raw data doesn’t tell you the whole picture, argues Merrion MD Dougal Paver. We love a good map or chart here at Merrion Towers.  Geography ‘O’ level: it never leaves you. And so I had to dive […]

Enterprise builds wealthEntrepreneur in da house. Step aside, Mr Government

The enterprise conundrum

A look at the data on new enterprise start-ups paints a very mixed picture, says Merrion MD Dougal Paver.  Should government do more to help, or would lower taxes and light-touch regulation suffice? Britain’s start-up culture is alive and well, running at well over half a million new companies a year, on average.  We’re almost at full employment so there’s […]