Following the rejection of independence in the Scottish referendum in September 2014, the promises made to Scotland regarding further devolution have led English regions to demand the same. Roz Hanna speaks to investment agencies and LEPs in some key UK regions to see if the prospect of further devolved powers can help in their bid to attract FDI.
How to reach Africa's highly unbanked population has been a conundrum lenders have been attempting to crack for years. However, with telecommunications companies leading the way, 'cashless banking' through pre-paid cards or mobile phones is going a long way to solving this problem.
The sheer size of China's population means it is not just the country's bigger cities that have populations in the millions. Now the provincial capitals are proving they are worthy of overseas investment.
The UK's research and development sector has received a massive boost with the announcement that the government has allocated an extra £5.9bn of funding to the sector.
The Infinity Park enterprise zone in Derby has been granted enterprise zone status, which is expected to boost its attractiveness to investors.
Data shows that manufacturing FDI into south-east Asia is starting to recover in 2014, following a period of decline.
Foreign retail banks show preference for Mozambique as the location for their African operations.
The number of companies establishing headquarters in Hong Kong decreased dramatically between January 2009 and August 2014.
Singapore has claimed the title as fDi's Global City of the Future 2014/15, with London and Hong Kong in second and third place, respectively. We present an analysis of the leading cities and other up-and-comers in the inaugural rankings
Free zones in the Middle East have dominated fDi’s Global Free Zones of the Year awards, with Jebel Ali Free Zone crowned the Global Free Zone of the Year 2014 for Large Tenants, and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre reigning supreme for the SME category. Cathy Mullan reports.
Investment promotion agencies
The UK may attract high levels of FDI, but there is an ever greater number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) vying for this capital. To succeed in winning it, LEPs must be armed with the right expertise, a clear brand message and, of course, a distinct competitive advantage.
Many investment promotion agencies are just as keen to court start-ups as they are large multinationals, but their approach to attracting these smaller, more fragile companies may benefit from being more hands off than with their larger, established counterparts.
With locations around the world falling for the charms of SMEs, Michal Kaczmarski looks at the innovative ways in which IPAs are attracting and nurturing smaller business, and assesses benefits they receive as the SMEs blossom into something much more lucrative.
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The fDi Report 2014
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- Antigua and Barbuda
- Pittsburgh's progress
- Chengdu leads westward charge
- Tuscany takes a new turn
- Ras Al Khaimah's desert dreams turn to reality
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