The London economy proves Britain's enduring appeal

The London economy proves Britain’s enduring appeal

London’s commercial property market is thriving, confounding the nay-sayers.  Merrion Strategy managing director Dougal Paver examines the health of the UK economy and asks if the market has already priced in our departure from the EU. A single quarter’s office take-up does not an economic summer make.  So when JLL’s latest London office survey hit the desks yesterday morning the […]

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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 […]

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First, the wrong type of snow. Now, the wrong type of jobs

We’ve endured the wrong type of leaves on the track and the wrong type of snow.  Now it seems Liverpool is suffering from the wrong type of jobs, finds Dougal Paver. The excellent Centre for Cities this week published an analysis of employment growth among Britain’s SMEs – the engine of job creation in any open economy.  Their findings made for mixed […]

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No-one claims the glory for Merseyside’s plummeting unemployment

Unemployment on Merseyside fell by another 5% in September, yet you’ll find no politicians claiming the credit.  Merrion MD Dougal Paver has a theory why. Civil servants today announced another healthy drop in Merseyside unemployment – down 4.6% in  September and a whole 40% lower than a year ago.  For an area once bedevilled by worklessness that’s a staggering fall. […]

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Unemployment: One city’s unsung transformation

In the early eighties I had a newspaper round delivering what was still a broadsheet Liverpool Echo.  Week after week, it felt, there were announcements of one major plant closure after another.  Tate & Lyle, Metal Box, Triumph, Meccano, Ford, Dunlop, Mersey Docks – on and on they went, with unemployment spiralling to beyond 30% before population decline thinned it out.  […]