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24th November 2006

Large East-West Divide in European Regional Competitiveness Revealed
Brussels Becomes Europe’s Most Competitive Location
Prague and Bratislava Enter Top Ten

The extent of the competitiveness gap between large parts of West and East Europe is revealed by a new report published today. It finds that New European Union member states are struggling to compete in international markets.


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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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13th December 2005

The World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2005

SILICON VALLEY'S SAN JOSE IS THE WORLD’S MOST KNOWLEDGE COMPETITIVE ECONOMY
Nordic Regions Continue to Thrive,
While Shanghai is Most Improved Performer

San Jose, the heart of California’s Silicon Valley heads the WKCI 2005, followed by the US regions of Boston, San Francisco and Hartford. Seattle takes fifth place with Grand-Rapids in sixth position. The highest ranked non-US region is Stockholm in Sweden, which climbs seven places to eighth position. Tokyo (23rd) is the highest ranked region outside of North America and Europe.
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18th April 2005

The UK Competitiveness Index 2005

REGIONAL DISPARITIES LEAD TO SLUMP IN UK COMPETITIVENESS SINCE 1997
Dominance of the Public Sector as the Generator of Employment Growth
The East Midlands is ranked fourth, rising from a ranking of 5th in 1997, with South West England improving two places from 7th to 5th position, while the West Midlands remains static in 6th position. The North West has moved up one position from 8th to 7th. Aside from London, the region that has witnessed the biggest decline in its competitiveness since 1997 is Scotland, which has fallen from a ranking of 4th in 1997 to 8th position in 2005.
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13th April 2004

The World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2004

SAN FRANCISCO REMAINS THE WORLD'S MOST KNOWLEDGE COMPETITIVE ECONOMY
North American Regions Continues to Dominate,
While Asia Catches-Up with Europe
The World Knowledge Competitiveness Index (WKCI) 2004 is launched today by Robert Huggins Associates, the UK-based economics consultancy and think-tank and founders of the European Competitiveness Index and the UK Competitiveness Index. The report represents the third annual publication of the WKCI, the first composite and relative measure of the knowledge economies of the world's leading regions.
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23rd March 2004

The European Competitiveness Index (ECI) 2004 is released today at a press conference in Brussels, ahead of this week's European Union Summit. The ECI is Europe's first national and regional index of competitiveness and has been produced by Robert Huggins Associates, the UK-based economics consultancy and think-tank, and the founders of the World Knowledge Competitiveness Index and the UK Competitiveness Index.

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Financial Times Article Tuesday October 14th 2003

World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2003 - 2004 Heavy investment in the knowledge economy has pushed San Francisco and the Bay Area region of California into the top spot in an Index of World Knowledge Competitiveness.....

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Financial Times July 17th 2003

European Futures Report
PROSPERITY GAP WITHIN EUROPE'S NATIONS INCREASES BY 25%
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Financial Times 28th October 2002
The State of Urban Britain report article.
Financial Times 24th December 2001
The annual UK Competitiveness Index
Financial Times 20th November 2001
Article discussing the problem of the North-South divide in the UK
Financial Times 11th April 2000
Discussing the large and widening gap in regional economic competitiveness.
The Times 11th April 2000
Discussing the economic performance of Wales and the North East of England.
The Times 11th April 2000
Financial Times 10th April 2000
Discussing the large and widening gap in regional economic competitiveness.
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