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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 6 April 2004

Regionalism


What makes a successful regional economy?

If someone asks you where in Britain you come from what do you say? The city or town probably, maybe the county but if you came from Exeter would you ever say the "South West"? It's unlikely, as we tend to associate ourselves with smaller more personal areas. This is probably the greatest hurdle to the plans the Government has to follow devolution in Scotland and Wales and London with regional English assemblies. In the autumn there'll be referendums in the three northern regions of England, the North East, the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside. We're currently out of step with much of the rest of Europe which has regional government. There are some arguments that a regional structure has economic benefits. Heather Payton and her guests discuss whether regional government is a good idea, whether we want it and how you make a regional economy work.

The programme also reports from the Lowry arts centre in Salford's regenerated docklands and looks at the impact the Lowry has had on the surrounding area.

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Bridget Rosewell
Volterra Consulting

Charlie Jeffery
Professor of Politics at Birmingham University

Karl Watkin
Chairman D1 Oils

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Commercial Director Harvey Nichols

Will Alsop
Alsop Architects


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