George Osborne has announced a boost for regional businesses in his jointly delivered Spending Review and Autumn Statement, with the further rollout of the government's enterprise zones – 26 are being established or extended.
The shadow business secretary spoke to Real Business at the launch of Small Business Saturday 2015, providing details on his ambitious aims for the annual day and why the event is instrumental in helping companies of all sizes prosper.
Have you considered that the decline of our former industrial heartland cities and London’s overcrowded housing and airport issues are a lot more interconnected than you perhaps thought?
There has long been a divide between London and regional businesses, with a perceived glass ceiling for the latter.
Last week, the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, named the Green Shoots Fund among 130 projects selected to benefit from the £1bn Regional Growth Fund, (RGF).