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Why UK LEPs must blow their own trumpets

Why UK LEPs must blow their own trumpets

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.

Essex appeal

Essex: home of entrepreneurs

The UK county of Essex is leveraging its skilled workforce, entrepreneurial culture and proximity to London to forge ties with foreign investors. 

SME attraction

SME attraction: turning the newfound love of SMEs into a lasting relationship

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.

View from Europe: the importance of retail

The retail industry is getting greater recognition and support from European governments, and with increasing crossborder activity, retail FDI is now the talk of the town.

UK acquisitions down in 2013

There was a dramatic decrease in the number of acquisition deals closed by UK companies in 2013, compared with 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics.

London leading European destination for FDI in 2013

London was the most attractive destination for European FDI in 2013, with more than double the number of projects as second placed Paris.

Scotland makes room

Scotland hotel industry set for year in the spotlight

Scotland's already impressive tourist numbers will rise further still in 2014 as the country hosts the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup. Its hotel industry is well prepared to cope with this influx of visitors.

David Cameron claims UK will become a "reshoring nation"

Speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, UK prime minister David Cameron was optimistic about the country's reshoring trend.

UK economy too London-centric, warn foreign businesses

An overly London-centric economy reduces the appeal of UK to foreign businesses, say the findings of an investor survey. Six in 10 see the UK regional cities as viable alternatives to London

Edinburgh looks to give SMEs a flying start

Innovation and collaboration: the making of 21st-century Edinburgh

Many of the millions of visitors who flock to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh are doing so because of the country's rich history. Over the past few years, however, the city's academic excellence and collaborative spirit have seen it become a world-class destination for companies working in sectors using cutting-edge technologies.

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