Location, location, location; as relevant to governments and their investment plans as it is to the most informed private investment bodies. This paper seeks to highlight that global economic realities must shape Government investment decisions by location.

The rise of electronic communications has not diminished the importance of cities as the location of wealth generating business activity. The proportion of the world’s population living in cities as opposed to rural areas is now more than half and increasing all the time. Some mature cities are seen as becoming abandoned due to economic rebalancing but it is increasingly the case that city centre locations are sought by innovative businesses ... Cities matter. The research looks into connectivity in the UK and how can investment in the infrastructure necessary to enable sustainable settlement growth be targeted locationally?

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