November 2018

Is the shopping centre ready to check out?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bull Ring shopping centre in Birmingham was built in 1964 In the 1960s shopping centres offered a vision of the future – large shiny complexes which looked to…


Are free ports the future?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could Teesside’s fortunes be revived by becoming a free port area? Can “free ports” spark a post-Brexit manufacturing boom? Jonty Bloom reports from Teesside, which plans to become the…




Should we pay people for donating blood?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The global blood plasma industry will be worth $44.3bn by 2022, according to one estimate Scotty Hearron says he was a “broke college student” the first time he got…


Choppy waters for Greek shipping sector

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Greece has the world’s largest merchant ship fleet Thanks to President Trump there may be choppy waters ahead for Greece’s vital shipping industry. As the US this week reinstated…


Local matters

Away from Brexit-dominated Westminster, the financial squeeze faced by councils is an issue that is not going away. Local authority leaders in England say they are struggling to pay for services like social care, waste…



Is the Arctic set to become a main shipping route?

Image copyright Annika Ogilvie, Fednav Image caption In 2014 the Nunavik became the first cargo ship to go through the Northwest Passage without an icebreaking escort ship leading the way Climate change is increasingly opening…