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Renewing industrial regions? Advanced manufacturing and industrial policy in Britain

Sunley, Peter and Evenhuis, Emil and Harris, Jack and Harris, Richard and Martin, Ron and Pike, Andy (2021) 'Renewing industrial regions? Advanced manufacturing and industrial policy in Britain.', Regional Studies .


The UK’s industrial strategy, with local variants, aims to support manufacturing in ‘traditional industrial regions’ (TIRs). Using novel data for advanced manufacturing (AM) industries over several decades, we examine long-term changes in their geography by regions and local authority districts. These industries have shifted away from large urban regions, and local authority districts in TIRs have lost ground relative to those in other regions, although there are variations between industries. Foreign direct investment has tended to locate in non-TIR locations. AM industries have not shifted decisively towards research-intensive regions. We consider the implications for policy initiatives seeking to spark clusters around innovation districts.

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Date deposited:14 January 2022
Date of first online publication:28 October 2021
Date first made open access:14 January 2022

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