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Manchester Town Hall

The making of the Greater Manchester mayor – what next?

Opposition to a mayoral model for Manchester overlooks a decade of innovation and collaboration that has delivered economic and social benefits for the region, says Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Manchester.

'Winter Hill, Lancashire' by Flickr user Robert Wade

Natural Capital

Anne Selby talks to Mark Hillsdon about improving the city region's natural environment through partnership working.

'Payday Lending' A Debate With SARF and Carl Packman

'Payday Lending' a debate with SARF and Carl Packman

The Manchester-based Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF) brought writer, researcher and broadcaster Carl Packman together with members of the public to join in a debate on the causes and effects of the rise of payday lenders, as well as the best way to tackle the harmful social consequences.

Farmstart photo courtesy of The Kindling Trust

The future of farming?

Manchester’s first business incubator farm is growing but it is a long way from where it needs to be. Deborah Linton interviews The Kindling Trust's Chris Walsh to find out more.

Naomi Klein

Hope, not fate: interview with Naomi Klein

Time is running out if we’re to avoid catastrophic climate change. But Naomi Klein says that a total overhaul of capitalism might just give us a chance. Interview by Kevin Gopal, editor of the Big Issue in the North.

Future climate in focus as 2014 sets new record temperature

As news breaks of another record-setting year for the global climate, what does the climate shift mean for our towns and cities? A ‘Future Climate Forum’ in February will be looking for some answers.

'Man Approaching Footbridge' by Flickr user Helen M Bushe

ESTA leaves legacy for Local Enterprise Partnerships

The Environmental Sustainability Technical Assistance (ESTA) project closed in December 2014.

Manchester skyline by Steve Connor

Events programme launched on the ‘State of the Climate’

New events series launched to create a 'Future Climate Forum' for the Northwest. Dan Griffiths of the Northwest Climate Change Partnership explains more.

City of Wuhan taken by Flickr user ChaChaWei published under a Creative Commons license

Smart cities and a working week in Wuhan

Greater Manchester businesses with a possible part to play in ‘smart city solutions’ are being offered the chance to join a partnership project with Manchester’s sister city, Wuhan in Central China.

Ian Wray’s proposed Pennines National Park

Framing the future, with IPPR’s Great North Plan

How do we address huge disparities in infrastructure funding between London and the South East and the rest of Britain? Perhaps we need a Great North Plan.

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