Empower regional economies to thrive

Prosperity and productivity for every region in the UK


The UK has a longstanding history of productivity and income disparities across our regions and nations that have impacted on economic performance and living standards for decades. By enabling local investment and decision-making, every region in the UK can prosper.


The change we’re calling for 


That’s why we’re calling on the government to enable regions to take control of their growth – through not only fostering private sector growth and investment, but also the devolved power and funding to make a tangible difference.

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    Foster and support regions to have strong economies through vibrant labour markets and physical and digital connectivity

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    Empower and devolve decision-making down to the right local and regional levels

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    Commission the CBI to develop a business-led initiative to deliver world-class clusters in the future

From local focus to national success


To compete globally, the UK must address its productivity gap between regions

The UK has the widest regional disparities in living standards of any country in the EU. The CBI is looking into why these differences exist and what we can do about them.

  • of UK cities are performing below the European average

  • the productivity gap between London and any other nation or region in the UK

  • the estimated productivity gap in the Northern Powerhouse region

Driving success for every region


A new approach is needed to ensure that no part of the country is left behind as the nation looks to rebuild post-coronavirus. Local, regional and national government must work in collaboration, alongside business, to deliver long-term prosperity. Find out how the CBI is driving the levelling up agenda with government.

  • Thriving regions —

    Shaping the government’s levelling up commitment

  • Growing Business —

    CBI @10am: What does 'levelling up' mean for businesses?

  • CBI @10am: The next steps on ‘levelling up’

  • Growing Business —

    Watch the CBI’s Urban Revival conference

Our progress and impact 


The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business, and help us close the prosperity chasm between different UK regions.

  • Have your say

    Is your business impacted by regional imbalances in the UK economy? Are your strengthening your regional presence and footprint? Share your views and help strengthen our calls to stakeholders and government.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's Regions team. Contact the team to find out how you can play your part in unlocking regional growth.