13th November 2006
The UK Competitiveness Index 2006
North-south divide is beginning to close
The first compelling evidence that the north-south divide that has marred British economic life for a generation is beginning to close is published today.
The UK Competitiveness Index, an annual measure of the competitiveness of UK regions and locations that has been running since 2000, for the first time shows London, the south east, and the eastern England region all registering a fall in their competitiveness since last year. By contrast, the other nine regions of the UK have all witnessed significant boosts to their competitiveness between 2005 and 2006.
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