How to make a “Northern Powerhouse”

In June 2014, the Chancellor George Osborne set out plans to make a “Northern powerhouse”. This was in part due to the latest Autumn Statement revealing that employment in the three months to September in northern regions increased by 2.6 per cent, 0.3 per cent higher than the national average. This spoke volumes about the north being one of the centres driving economic growth.

The Crossrail journey: How it will impact UK businesses and commuters

The Crossrail development is a work in progress – one that isn't set to be completed until 2018. But the largest construction project in Europe has already employed 10,000 people and promises 75,000 opportunities for businesses. So what’s happening to the scheme in 2015? Real Business investigates as part of a focus on what employment and business trends SMEs can expect next year.