Ghost town Britain 2: death on the high street how Britain's local economies are losing ground and fighting back

Ghost town Britain 2: death on the high street how Britain's local economies are losing ground and fighting back
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Oram, Julian; Conisbee, Molly; Simms, Andrew
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
1 December 2003
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Ghost Britain II updates the findings of the previous year's report into urban decline and looks at important new areas, two new physical attributes that are crucial to community well-being are examined: open spaces, and community buildings and meeting spaces.  Another under-examined dynamic is also introduced: immigration. Contrary to one negative perception of immigrant communities in this country, Ghost Town Britain II reveals that they make a disproportionately positive contribution to our local economic fabric. A picture emerges of new arrivals to Britain’s shores being highly motivated and, where allowed, passing on the benefits of their economic activity to the wider community. This report shows that immigrant entrepreneurs and small business people create a warm sea of activity on which everybody floats upwards.

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