Growth in our major conurbations is welcome. But where does that leave the rest of Britain – the numerous smaller cities, towns and communities where so many people live?

In recent years, national policymaking has become preoccupied with London and the main regional cities. The assumption has been that the major conurbations offer the best prospects for business growth and that if this growth can be nurtured it will gradually benefit the rest of the country.

These are heroic assumptions, and they neglect the contribution that smaller cities, towns and communities can make to economic growth. They ignore the social consequences of growing inequality within regions and nations. And they neglect the considerable attractions of smaller cities, towns and communities as places to live, work and invest.

For further insight and to read the full report, which was written by Centre for Towns, Industrial Communities Alliance, Key Cities Group and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, please click on the image below.