1. SME Manufacturing and Covid-19
    May 2020

    The Office for Budget Responsibility’s reference scenario implies that the manufacturing sector will be one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis with a fall in output of 55% in the second quarter. Manufacturing is particularly important to the economies of the Midlands and North of England, so the impacts of Covid-19 will hit these areas disproportionately hard.
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  2. Viewpoint: What role can towns play in driving economic recovery?
    May 2020

    Over recent years, the future of towns has attracted much debate. This Viewpoint argues that the current COVID-19 crisis makes the focus on towns more, not less, important. It also considers how towns might use the tools that have been made available to them to define a new and stronger future.
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  3. Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review
    Apr 2020

    The first ever Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review (IER) was published on the 30th April 2020. SQW led a team of consultants and academics to complete the IER, which was commissioned by the Midlands Engine partnership and formed part of a wider programme of research undertaken by the Midlands Engine Economic Observatory.
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  4. How might productivity policy learn from the policy changes of the past 20 years
    Apr 2020

    Our chapter in the recently-published book, Productivity Perspectives, reviewed the changes in aspects of productivity policy from 1997 to 2018. It traced the overarching narrative associated with productivity policy, and focussed in on policies relating to innovation, business support, skills and regional development.
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  5. UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund
    Mar 2020

    SQW’s study into the economic and wider benefits of the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (previously known as the Rainbow Seed Fund) has been published.
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