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Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

All the posts I make here are automatically shared on a number of social media sites. From one of those, LinkedIn, I was pointed to the Local Enterprise Partnership and more particularly to the Strategic Economic Plan recently submitted to

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What can Devizes learn from London—or Hebden Bridge?

On another blog I recently published quite a quite long post triggered by two recent TV programmes about the dominance of London. In that poste I looked at how investment in transport infrastructure across the North of England could create

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Changes to Pewsey Vale Connect2 services

Wiltshire Council are proposing to do away entirely with the Demand Responsive bus services running under the banner of Connect 2 (as an aside I really really hate the faux ‘hip’ renaming from WigglyBus). You can find the consultation paper

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Book towns and other developments

Hay Literary Festival may seem an odd event to be taking place in a small town of only 1500 people. Entrepreneur Richard Booth is credited with transforming the town into a global attraction for second-hand book lovers after opening his

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The arts and the local economy

The arts can have an impact on the local economy in several ways The arts as a community/personal activity. This can range from what is almost art therapy (the promotion of self esteem etc) to community-based projects – not just

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the Portas review of the high street–town centre management issues

I intend to take a critical look at all the 28 recommendations in the report, but to keep the post length manageable I will do this over a series of posts. Before then a brief comment on the report overall.

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